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Sansho Pepper - Japan

Sansho pepper is a rare pepper with notes of yuzu and acidity that has a very lively, bewitching nose! An exceptional intensity that must absolutely be discovered!
Its power is an ally of choice to its freshness to make your dishes real travel books.

Pairings in cooking: White and red meat, duck, fish, shellfish, Japanese cuisine, fruity and chocolate desserts
Origin: Japan
Packaging: Resealable bag - conservation of aromas.

"Sansho pepper is distinguished by its notes of Yuzu and its 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 "clavelier", a tree from the mandarin family (Rutaceae). This largely explains its aromatic palette based on fresh citrus notes. It is also known as "Yuzu pepper", after this small, intensely tasting Japanese lemon.

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

    David Vanille's choice: I have chosen to present you the Sansho pepper because of its aromatic qualities. This rare pepper brings a real originality to your recipes without distorting them.

    The harvest of Sansho pepper

    In Japan, the clavelier grows in altitude, between 500 and 2,500 meters. It is found in the wild. In bloom the month of May,

    pepper berries are harvested in June, just before the seeds develop. After harvesting, the sansho pepper berries are left to dry. It is in the sun that they will split in half. This is when 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

    Both powerful, black pepper is, however, less aromatic than Sansho pepper. Moreover, the production of sansho pepper is limited to a few tons per year and is exclusively of Japanese origin, whereas black pepper is grown in many countries and produced on a large scale.


    The origins of Sansho pepper

    Sansho pepper is therefore native to Japan. We find the first traces of it more than 3,000 years ago, during the Jomon era. At that time, it was used to preserve meat and fish. The berries were ground and used as a preservative.

    Then, Sansho pepper has been incorporated 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 is native to 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:

    • Anaesthetics
    • Digestives
    • Invigorating
    • Aphrodisiacs

    Sasho pepper is also an ally of choice to improve blood circulation and reduce cardiovascular diseases.


    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 smell it for the first time, you will smile. You will tell your friends and family about it because my quality is incredible.

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

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

    If you wish to give a new and memorable flavour to your meats and fish, it is towards the Sansho Pepper that you will be able to turn to! It will bring its power and freshness to all your meats, whether white or red, to game and, of course, it will work wonders with your fish and shellfish!

    This pepper is an essential ingredient of traditional Japanese cuisine, especially in eel dishes, ramens, miso soup, Kobe Beef. But it is also perfectly compatible with French culinary traditions. Don't hesitate to crush a few berries of Poivre Sansho coarsely on a slice of Foie gras accompanied by a chutney. A delight!

    Incorporate it into the Mayonnaise that will accompany your Seafood Platter and fly away to as yet unknown lands. It will also develop its full aromatic palette in a baked meat or fish dish such as a Poultry Pochée or a Fish Papillote with a touch of fresh cream, or in a Pork Stew with vegetables. Poivre Sansho is also an excellent ingredient for your marinades of all kinds of grilled meat and fish.

    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

    The starter: Peppered sashimi

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

    The dish: Poached chicken with garden vegetables

    A family dish with tasty flavours. Cut farmhouse chicken into pieces. Make a chicken broth. Add vegetables: carrots, celery, turnips... Poach your chicken. Watch the cooking, the chicken must remain tender. Serve in a soup plate with some steamed potatoes. Add the final touch by adding some crushed sansho pepper berries on your plates.

    Dessert: Yuzu Pepper Chocolate Mousse

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

    How to store pepper sansho?

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

  • Find our recipe ideas with "Sansho Pepper - Japan"

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    Loïc M. published the 30/03/2020 following an order made on 20/03/2020


    Excellent, un goût de bonbon, c'est génial ! Anesthésie forte, superbe dans du rhum, à essayer.

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    Gwenaelle N. published the 19/03/2020 following an order made on 29/02/2020


    Très surprenant et parfait pour nos projets de repas japonais

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    Marie B. published the 15/03/2020 following an order made on 09/03/2020


    Un revenez-y car après avoir partagé il a fait l'unanimité.

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    Stéphane L. published the 10/03/2020 following an order made on 28/02/2020


    Très bien

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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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