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Sansho Pepper - Japan

Sansho pepper is a rare pepper with hints of yuzu and acidity that 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
Origin: Japan
Packaging: 10g resealable bag - aroma preservation.

"Sansho pepper is distinguished by its Yuzu notes and intensity... Great!"

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  • What is Sancho pepper?

    Sansho pepper is a rare pepper of Japanese origin. It is also known as "lemon pepper" or "mountain pepper". It grows on the key chain, a tree from the mandarin family (Rutaceae). This explains in large part its aromatic palette based on fresh citrus notes. Moreover, it is also known as "Yuzu Pepper", after this small Japanese lemon with its intense taste.

    Sansho pepper is characterized by its round shape, similar to small green berries. Its taste is powerful and its aromas strongly developed.

    David Vanille's choice: I chose to introduce you to sansho pepper because of its aromatic qualities. This rare pepper brings a real originality to your recipes without distorting them.

    Harvesting Sansho pepper

    In Japan, the key chain grows at high altitudes, between 500 and 2,500 metres. It is found in the wild. In bloom in May,

    pepper berries are harvested in June, just before the seeds develop. After picking, the sansho pepper berries are dried. It is in the sun that they will split in two. It is at this time that the fruit is extracted from the pericarp.

    Did you know that? In Sansho pepper, it is the pericarp (the shell of the berry) that is consumed.

    The differences between black pepper and sansho pepper

    Black pepper is both powerful, but less aromatic than Sansho pepper. In addition, the production of sansho pepper is limited to a few tonnes per year and is exclusively of Japanese origin, while black pepper is grown in many countries and is produced on a large scale.


    The origins of Sansho pepper

    Sansho pepper is therefore native to Japan. The first traces of it can be found more than 3,000 years ago, in the Jomon era. At the time, it was used to preserve meat and fish. The berries were ground and used as preservatives.

    Then, Sansho pepper was integrated into many Japanese culinary preparations. Its unique taste and rarity have earned it a place of honour in religious offerings.

    Sanshô pepper nowadays

    Today, Sanshô pepper grows wild in the south of Honshu Island. 80% of the cultivation of this rare pepper comes from this region: Wakayama.

    A variety with an even stronger taste grows near the Takahara River. They are distinguished by their size, they are smaller, and their fragrance.

    Other uses of Sanshô pepper

    Like the vast majority of peppers, Sansho pepper is also known for its medicinal properties.

    It is said to have virtues:

    • Anesthetics
    • Digestive
    • Toning
    • Aphrodisiacs

    Sasho pepper is also a great ally to improve blood circulation and reduce cardiovascular disease.


    How to use Sansho pepper in cooking?

    Sansho pepper is one of the most powerful peppers in the world. 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.

    Avoid the mill, this rare pepper is respectable! I advise you to crush it in a mortar.

    Savoury or sweet recipes, Sansho pepper goes perfectly with your dishes as well as your desserts.

    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 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.

    Tip: 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.

    Our recipe ideas with Sansho pepper

    Starter: Peppered sashimi

    A raw and light starter of Japanese origin! Cut your fish into half-centimetre slices. Choose firm fish: tuna, swordfish, salmon... Pepper and serve with marinated ginger strips, wasabi and soy sauce.

    The dish: Poached chicken with vegetables from the garden

    A family dish with tasty flavours. Cut a farm chicken into pieces. Make a chicken broth. Add vegetables: carrots, celery, turnips... Poach your chicken. Watch the cooking, the chicken should stay tender. Serve in a soup plate with a few steamed potatoes. Add the finishing touch by adding a few crushed peppercorns to your plates.

    Dessert: Yuzu Pepper Chocolate Mousse

    A traditional dessert that can be revisited over and over again, chocolate mousse goes perfectly with pepper and, in particular, Sansho pepper. Add a few crushed pepper berries at the end of the preparation and discover its aromatic power. Excellent with some red fruits.

    How to store pepper without the need for it?

    Like all peppers, sansho pepper can be stored away from light and moisture. Use an airtight container to store your berries.

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    Laurence M. published the 14/01/2020 following an order made on 07/01/2020


    Emballage très soigné

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    Geoffrey V. published the 27/12/2019 following an order made on 20/12/2019


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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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