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Jan 30, 2005 07:09 AM

Sichuan Peppercorns Available??

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I thought I read someplace that Sichuan peppercorns were now permitted to be imported again. I asked at Kaluystan's yesterday and was told they still are not available. Anybody know what the status is, and where can I find some in NYC? Going to Chinatown today, so any ideas will be appreciated.

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  1. I bought some at Adriana's Caravan, in the Grand Central Market, 2 weeks ago.

    1. They can be legally imported under heat treatment guidlines approved about a year ago, but it was only in the last couple of months that the vetting and distribution process seems to have been worked out, and the pipeline started flowing freely again. They should be available in NY Chinatown by now. For reference, I paid $7.59 for a lb. in San Francisco Chinatown about a month ago. They were labeled as "red prickly ash" in English and as "Sichuan hua jiao" in Chinese.


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      1. re: Gary Soup
        Clyde Tressler

        does the heat treatment change the taste? i would think it could easily volatilize some of the oils.

        1. re: Clyde Tressler

          The heat treatment is probably not very destructive, 140 degrees for 10 minutes is all that's required. Remember that the peppercorns are typically pan-roasted before use,anyway.


      2. Dynasty supermarket on elizabeth and... hester? just below Grand st. NE corner.
        they are in the spice/dried foods aisle, and are labeled "Prickly Ash".
        Bought some 2 days ago!

        1. They carry Sichuan peppercorns at Penzy's Spices. There is a location at Grand Central.

          1. You can get them in many places in Chinatown.