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Where to buy Szechuan peppercorns without seeds

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Does anyone know where I can buy Szechuan peppercorns without the inner black seeds? I've bought some low-quality ones in an Asian supermarket (I'm in the Philadelphia area), but separating the pericarp from the seed is a real chore. I emailed Penzey's to ask about their product, but they said the seeds aren't separated.

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  1. I guess I assumed that a peppercorn IS a seed. No?

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    1. re: c oliver

      It's actually not related to actual peppercorns--I think they're actually related to the Citrus family

    2. <I've bought some low-quality ones in an Asian supermarket (I'm in the Philadelphia area), but separating the pericarp from the seed is a real chore.>

      I have no idea that people do that. Are you sure that this is something you want to do?

      1. Is there a specific reason you want to avoid the seeds? FWIW Penzey's may not actively hull the seeds, but the bottle of Szechuan peppercorns I have looks to be pretty much just the pericarp.

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        1. re: JungMann

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_...
          From personal experience, it may be that I just didn't grind them finely enough, but when I ground them with the seeds, it was unpleasantly gritty.

        2. why would you want them separate? the higher quality ones do usually have the stems removed (doing that by hand is indeed a chore), but i've never seen the seed removed.

          1. I had heard the same thing about the seeds (that they are gritty) so I separate them also. Sounds like they're not as nasty as I had thought - maybe I'll try leaving the seed in.

            1. I grind mine finely and then sift through a coarse sieve to remove the coarse bits. I never noticed seeds because it's all sort of dark brown after I've toasted the things, but I suppose I have been sifting them out.

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              1. re: LorenzoGA

                Depending on how I am using them, I often sift them after grinding too.