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 Sichuan Peppercorn comes from the bud of the Prickly Ash tree. It is usually used whole in Sichuan cuisine, but is also used as a powder ingredient in Five Spice Powder.
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