The Sichuan peppercorn or Sichuan pepper, is quite aromatic but not very hot. It has a numbing property which in China is known as "ma". This pepper, in addition to its unique flavor, will produce a light tingling sensation in the mouth. The husk, or pericarp around the seeds is usually used whole in Sichuan cusine, and the powder is used as an ingredient in Five Spice Powder. The buds come from the Prickly Ash tree.
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