Legend claims that Szechuan Pepper was once reserved only for the Chinese Emperor. Now it is famous for the numbing sensation it causes in your mouth. Unrelated to black peppercorn or chilli peppers, Szechuan Peppercorns are the dried berries from prickly ash tree, a member of the citrus family. Szechuan's enticing "numbing" heat makes it perfect for Chinese favourites such as Kung Pao Chicken or Hot Pot. Use it to bring some extra excitement and vibrant colour to your stir-fries, soups, stews, chicken, or unagi.