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Our Wild Timur Pepper grows in the Himalayas and is a citrusy, complex cousin of the Sichuan peppercorn. The peppercorns are the dried berries of a wild tree and cause a delightful tingling, tickling sensation on your tongue. They're perfect ground fresh over steamed fish or added whole to stir-fried greens, or as a replacement for Sichuan pepper with a little something extra. If you haven't experienced it before, this is the moment! The sensation is a classic element of dozens of cuisines across Asia and is absolutely delightful.

Grind into sautéed spinach or over a piece of grilled fish or tofu  starting with a mild main ingredient will let the pepper's flavor and aroma sparkle. Timur Pepper also makes a great DIY spice blend, mixed with black and white peppercorns.


    Bardiya, Nepal


    Timut pepper




    Dried timur pepper (Zanthoxylum armatum)

    Tasting notes:

    Grapefruit • Hemp • Tongue Tingle

    Timur peppers can cause a numbing, tingling sensation in your mouth, particularly on your lips and the tip of your tongue. It's not an indication of an allergic reaction, just a delightful tactile sensation that accompanies the flavor of several related spices, including Sichuan peppers. 

    Timur Peppers are the dried berries of a wild tree. Let's get this out of the way: yes, this is not technically a peppercorn, because it's the fruit of a tree and not a climbing vine. The world of spices is full of taxonomical conundrums.

    To source this pepper, we partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian, a non-profit that's been in operation in Nepal for nearly 20 years. They focus on addressing the critical needs of those living in the remote regions of the country, including food and water security, access to improved health resources, and more robust economic development.

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    Rob S.
    United States United States

    great spices great service

    high quality spices, great packaging and very fast service. my orders have arrived quickly and everyone is happy with the quality. the email newsletter is informative and the profiles of their farmers and sourcing are helpful.

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    A bright addition to dishes

    Since this pepper is brighter and more citrus-y than regular pepper it's found its way into different dishes than those I'd use the Robusta Black variety for, though it's still good to use in place of your daily driver! I'd recommend trying this if you want something lighter and a bit more citrus-y and herb-y, but still want to use salt and pepper.

    United States United States

    A most unique flavor

    Years ago I studied Chinese cooking with a wonderful cook from China. She introduced us to a smoked chicken recipe using these peppercorns. The unique flavor was imparted throughout the most tender chicken I ever tasted. Because we now follow a WFPBNO lifestyle chicken is off the menu. BUT having again found this most unique spice I am on a mission. It adds a savory flavor unlike anything else- even in small quantities. It works very well in garbanzo flour dishes ( especially muffins). These peppercorns are a bit difficult to grind. I’m experimenting with smoking veggies using these whole - till I can find a way I’ll continue to grind these into almost any savory dish. Even the smell is exciting! I’m on our third bottle. Maybe someone can help with a smoked veggie recipe featuring these.

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    Wonderful flavors

    Great locally sourced peppers

    debra s.
    United States United States

    each pepper is different

    i've loved trying the various types of peppers you offer, the fermented white and this are my favorite. They add a subtle difference that regular black pepper doesn't. Only downside..I don't like the fact that the grind is so small (if it's adjustable, i haven't figured it out!). Great the resourcing.