One of the most popular spices in Chinese cuisine is the Szechuan Peppercorn. This Peppercorn comes from the prickly ash tree. During harvesting, the small berries are dried and then split open to get rid of the bitter black seeds. The peppery pine flavor from Szechuan Peppercorns is very unique, but it's most well-known attribute is that it numbs your mouth after ingesting it. This is how you know you're eating authentic Szechuan cuisine!
Origin - Sichuan, China