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Sansho Pepper - Japan

This pepper with notes of yuzu and acidulous has a very lively, bewitching nose! An exceptional intensity that you must absolutely discover!
Its power is an ally of choice for its freshness to make your dishes real travel diaries

Food pairing: White and red meat, duck, fish, shellfish, Japanese cuisine, fruity and chocolate desserts

Packaging: 10g resealable bag - aroma preservation.

Origin - Plantations : Japan

"Yuzu's notes, Intense, Great!"

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    An aromatic and olfactory fireworks display

    A real olfactory firework display occurs as soon as you smell a few berries. The extraordinary sensation when you discover Sansho pepper remains anchored in your olfactory memory for a very long time. Visually, we discover a bay with a chlorophyll green dress, with a pastel softness.

    Your journey to the Japanese regions will begin as soon as you have been able to smell the aromas emanating from these berries that you will have grasped in the palm of your hand. Powerful and aromatic, these are the two major qualifiers that can be used for this unique pepper. The yuzu notes and minty freshness of these berries make it difficult to compete with it.

    In the mouth, you will have to wait about 10 seconds before the ceremony begins. The attack will be on this lemony and woody range which the taste buds will be able to enjoy for about ten seconds before it reorients to citronella notes and a freshness that is reminiscent of eucalyptus. At the end of this spell of the palate, on a background of spices, comes the slightly and pleasantly anaesthetic facet of Sansho Pepper. These properties that make your lips and tongue feel a gentle form of anesthesia are due to the presence of amides called alpha sanshool.

    Native to the land of the rising sun, it is also known as "lemon pepper" or "mountain pepper". This exceptional pepper is a must in Japanese cuisine

    Mountainous and volcanic region

    The pepper berries of the same name are harvested at an altitude of 500 to 2,500 metres in Japan. The tree on which these berries grow is found in the wild and belongs to the mandarin family (Rutaceae) and is called the wedgewood. This explains in large part this wonderful aromatic palette based essentially on fresh citrus notes and the nickname "yuzu pepper".

    The first shoots and yellow flowers of this tree can be seen in early May after they have been pollinated. The first green fruits (misanshô) are harvested by hand in June, just before the berry develops its seeds.

    After this, the berries are dried in the shade for two days and then exposed to the sun so that they split, which makes it easier to extract the fruit, which will have remained intact (this black seed is very hard and bitter, and is not consumed). We therefore preserve the pericarp (berry shell) to enhance our dishes by giving them extraordinary flavours.

    Today, Japan produces a few tons of Sansho Pepper per year, a large percentage of which is used for its medicinal properties


    If you are looking for one of the most intense peppers in the world

    , treat yourself and discover it! It's very simple, when you first feel it, you'll smile. You will necessarily tell your family about it because my quality is so incredible

    Are you in favour of "consuming less but better"? Do you demand the best in your kitchen?

    So you found one of your favorite peppers. By roasting its berries for 2 to 3 minutes, you can reduce or even eliminate the anaesthetic effect of Sansho Pepper and allow it to reveal the quintessence of its aromatic palette.

    These berries are precious, and as such they will prefer to be crushed in a mortar rather than ground.

    Discover below some recipe ideas that you could easily prepare by incorporating Sansho Pepper, as well as the origin of this pepper and the many other uses for which it is recommended



    Sansho Pepper will perfectly suit your salty and sweet preparations, to bring them the best of its unique aromatic palette.

    Enjoy the notes of mandarin leaves and the freshness these berries bring to many recipes! To guide you, we have prepared a short, non-exhaustive list of culinary ideas in which you will have the pleasure of tasting the flavours of Sansho Pepper

    Savoury recipes :

    If you want to give your meats and fish a new and memorable flavour, you can turn to Sansho Pepper! It will bring its power and freshness to all your meats, whether white or red, to game and, of course, it will do wonders with your fish and shellfish!

    This is how you can integrate Sansho Pepper from the aperitif time by offering, in particular, Sardines Crushed Toast on which you will crush a few berries or in a refreshing Shrimp Verrine thanks to the citrus fruit notes of this pepper.

    It will also be ideal on a Fish Tartar, Sashimi and other Sushi.

    This pepper is an essential ingredient in traditional Japanese cuisine, particularly in eel dishes, ramen, miso soup and Kobe beef. But he also knows how to adapt perfectly to French culinary traditions. Feel free to crush a few berries of Sansho Pepper roughly on a slice of Foie Gras with a chutney. A delight!

    Integrate it into the Mayonnaise that will accompany your Seafood Plateau and fly to unknown regions.

    It will also develop its full aromatic palette in a meat or fish dish in the oven, such as a Poultry Poach or Fish Papillote with a hint of fresh cream, or in a Pork Stew with vegetables.

    Sansho Pepper is also an excellent ingredient for marinades of all kinds of meat and fish to grill.

    You can also freshen up your various salads by crushing, sparingly, a few berries above the chosen raw vegetables.

    Sweet recipes

    Le Poivre Sansho surprised you, bewitched you in salty recipes? It will not surprise you less if you incorporate it in the preparation of your desserts! Alone or in combination with another spice (ideally Tonka Bean), it will make your delicious sweet preparations unforgettable for your guests' palates (not to mention yours!).

    This berry will be an extraordinary partner when you prepare any type of dessert, whether fruit or chocolate based.

    Sansho Pepper will enhance your pies, fruit salads and even smoothies with a fresh touch and an acidity that will be greatly appreciated.

    Your chocolate desserts will transport your guests with this citrus note whose origin they will seek... Try Sansho Pepper in your chocolate mousses, entremets, muffins and even in your macaroons, and you are guaranteed an unprecedented success!


    The trace of Sansho Pepper in Japan has been found during archaeological excavations during which seeds of this pepper were discovered and then dated back more than 3,000 years to the Jomon era!

    As many spices, its initial role was to preserve meat and fish, for this purpose, it was enough to grind the berries and then plunge the piece to be preserved into this grind.
    Then this pepper began to make an increasingly important place for itself in the traditional culinary preparations of the Land of the Rising Sun.

    To top it all off, Sansho Pepper has obtained a place of honour among the offerings made during religious ceremonies.


    Like many peppers, Sansho Pepper is used for many properties. This berry has the ability to improve the functioning of your digestive system and to soothe pain due to its anesthetic properties.

    Its tonic properties make it an ideal ally to improve blood circulation and, consequently, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Sansho Pepper is also said to have aphrodisiac properties.

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    Marie B. published the 03/11/2019 following an order made on 26/10/2019


    La merveilleuse découverte. Utilisation déjà approuvée par la famille entière.

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    Irina L. published the 27/10/2019 following an order made on 18/10/2019


    parfum surprenant ! gout inimitable !

    Comment from David Vanille the 28/10/2019
    J'adore ces notes intenses de Yuzu, c'est incroyable ! J'espère que vous lui trouverez une belle association dans votre établissement ;-) Au plaisir, David

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    Rodolphe A. published the 17/10/2019 following an order made on 07/10/2019


    Excellent faux poivre !

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    Rodolphe A. published the 17/10/2019 following an order made on 08/10/2019


    Un produit rare au parfum exceptionnel, pour les les curieux !

    Comment from David Vanille the 27/10/2019
    Le sachet juste ouvert, on le reconnait à 100 mètres :-) n lot avec un nez très vif, une vrai signature de l'atelier David Vanille Je suis heureux que ma qualité répond à votre exigence et attentes ;-) Passez une excellente journée, Au plaisir, David : Votre chercheur d'épices, le meilleur des plantations

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    Claudine B. published the 14/10/2019 following an order made on 08/10/2019


    Parfum citron/citronnelle très prononcé... très intéressant

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    Marie-Alberte B. published the 02/10/2019 following an order made on 26/09/2019


    Quelle explosion de senteur.... mais pas encore utilisé...

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    Raphael C. published the 28/08/2019 following an order made on 01/08/2019



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    Frédérique L. published the 30/07/2019 following an order made on 23/07/2019


    Un goût de yuzu tellement intéressant ! D'une qualité irréprochable

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    Axel B. published the 15/12/2018 following an order made on 04/12/2018


    Très étonnant et excellent!

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    Lydie B. published the 15/12/2018 following an order made on 21/10/2018


    C'est une magnifique découverte, je suis ravie de l'avoir commandé, c'est fin avec un gout en bouche très agréable. Testé sur un chutney de pommes, un régal. Étant une épice peu connue en France, on trouve pas beaucoup de recette avec, il faut simplement l'essayer avec nos recettes habituelles.

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