Szechuan pepper or Sichuan Pepper is an essential spice used in Asian cuisines. It is known for the mouth-tingling sensation it leaves and its fragrant aroma, which resembles that of lavender. Chefs use its numbing sensation to balance the heat of chilli pepper. It is mostly ground or roasted before adding to dishes or infused with oil and salt for a savoury seasoning. It is hard to guess its unique taste from this description! Nothing like trying it yourself!
- When harvested, the pepper consists of a pinkish-red husk that is sun-dried till it turns brown. It is then separated from the spikes and made ready for storage.
- The spice has a peppery, citrus-like flavour and a unique aroma. It is used in the seasoning of chicken, fish, eggplant curries and mixed with chutneys. At times, even the tender leaves of the tree are added, to elevate the taste in fish curries.
- Szechuan Pepper is used as a traditional medicine to relieve flatulence, abdominal pain, and toothache, as it contains anti-spasmodic properties.
- It is also one of the ingredients of the exotic Asian five-spice powder that includes other spices like star anise, fennel, clove, and cinnamon.
This spice is commonly used by the people of Meghalaya for flavouring chutneys and for its numbing sensation, to neutralize the heat of the chillies.Note: This product is brought to you from the farms, unprocessed, and in its purest form.
The aroma of Szechuan peppercorn is similar to that of lavender. When consumed, the first taste is bitter, then a numbing heat is sensed, followed by citrus flavour. This spice is famous for the powerful numbing sensation it causes around the mouth.
These peppercorns contain the molecule hydroxy-alpha-sanshool which interacts with nerve cell receptors in the lips and mouth.
It excites the touch sensors and the confusing sensation feels like numbness. With enough stimulation, it feels like the area has gone numb.
Health Benefits of Szechuan Pepper
- Stimulates circulation - For someone who feels lethargic, weak, or lightheaded without knowing why this may be due to a condition known as anaemia. Those suffering from anaemia lack the amount of healthy red blood cells that help in carrying adequate oxygen to the various body tissues. It is one of the most common health problems and is also known as iron deficiency. Szechuan peppers contain a high level of iron which helps in providing enough haemoglobin in the body which thus help in oxygenating the red blood cells and stimulate the circulatory system.
- Helps in reducing pain - Although Szechuan peppers are associated with spice and heat, it also actually works as an analgesic (pain killer) substances. The phytochemicals that are present in Szechuan peppers can grip pain receptors and eliminate the nervous system from producing pain or discomfort. It is not a cure for pain but will definitely help in relieving it.
- Can help boost immunity - Szechuan peppers have high levels of zinc in them which makes them potent for strengthening the immune system. Zinc is highly beneficial in keeping immunity in check. The volatile oils that are present in Szechuan pepper are packed with excellent amounts of antioxidants and other important chemicals that have anti-fungal and antiviral properties that make them extremely effective.
- Aids in appetite - It is often very difficult to gain back a normal appetite after recovering from an illness. However, it is during this time that the body is continuously healing and repairing and is in need of the maximum level of nutrients. There are many different compounds in Szechuan peppers that help in stimulating the appetite and also improves the rate of metabolism, which means that it will aid in deriving essential nutrients from the food eaten at a faster rate.
- Helps in strengthening bones - Quite a few essential minerals are found in minimum quantity within Szechuan peppers which include copper, manganese, phosphorus, and iron that play an extremely important role in building up strong bones. These compounds also help in preventing age-related problems like osteoporosis (bones become weak and increase the chances of breaking). The density of bone minerals in our body gets decreases as we get older, so it is very important for us to supplement ourselves with maximum quantities of minerals whenever possible. This infusion is very helpful in providing these essential minerals and keeping the bones strong.
How to Store Szechuan Peppercorn?
Here are a few simple steps to follow in order to keep your Szechuan peppercorns fresh for a longer duration.
- Store it in an airtight container and remember to close the lid of the container tightly as soon as you finish using it.
- Before storing them in airtight containers, make sure the peppercorns, as well as the bottle, are thoroughly dried because the presence of moisture will cause the seeds to develop molds.
- Coloured bottles are a better option to store the peppercorns as it protects it from direct sunlight. If you are using clear bottles, remember to store them in closed cabinets or wall racks which do not receive direct sunlight.
- Store it away from stoves, ovens, windows and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the peppercorns to lose their strength and volatile content.
What Is The Shelf-life of Szechuan Peppercorns?
Our Szechuan peppercorn can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended.
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