Szechuan Pepper Salt
Szechuan pepper is the outer pod of a tiny fruit that, technically, is not related to black pepper or to chile peppers. Known in Chinese as the "flower pepper", it Szechuan pepper is a common ingredient in the cooking of the Szechuan province of China, as well as Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and Japan.
Used often in Chinese cooking, Szechuan Pepper has a citrusy, woodsy aroma. Mixed with salt, an entirely new seasoning is created. Szechuan Pepper Salt is made by adding Mexican white sea salt to well-toasted ground Szechuan pepper.
Sprinkle Szechuan Pepper Salt on meats and poultry such as duck or pork. Add an earthy heat to vegetable or egg dishes with a pinch or two of Szechuan Pepper Salt, or use it in wintry soups and on summery green salads.
Potato lovers, rejoice: Szechuan Pepper Salt is absolutely delicious on french fries and as a hot finish on oil-drizzled, oven roasted baby potatoes. Nom.