Timur peppers are a member of a family of very special tingly spices, including Sichuan and Sansho peppers. In addition to providing an incredible flavor, they also create a tactile, numbing or buzzing sensation on your tongue. 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.
Timur peppers are incredibly rare, and we're SO excited to be adding them to our lineup. They're one of our personal favorite peppers — they have a citrusy, zesty complexity that doesn't exist in any other pepper we've tasted.
If you haven't cooked with them before, try grinding them 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.
They also make a great DIY spice blend, mixed with black and white peppercorns, and they are a novel alternative to Sichuan or Sancho pepper.
- Origin: Bardiya, Nepal
Aliases: Timut pepper
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: Dried timur pepper (Zanthoxylum armatum)
- Tasting notes: Grapefruit • Hemp • Tongue Tingle
Please note that timur peppers are likely to 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, it's just a delightful tactile sensation that accompanies the flavor of several related spices, including Sichuan and timur peppers.
- Add to a rub for rich, fatty cuts of meat
- Toss into stir-fries as soon as the oil is hot
- Mix with peppercorns and add to your pepper mill
- Lemongrass and Herb Spiced Sausage
Pairs well with: Fermented White Pepper, Buffalo Ginger, Wild Mountain Cumin
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.
- Wild Timur Pepper
- Cook's Illustrated
I love using Wild Timur Pepper! I"ve especially been enjoying it on roasted squash. This pepper has a wonderful grapefruity-hops scent/flavor that takes ordinary dishes to the next level of wow. Highly recommend! It makes a great gift, too!
One of my favorites
I love the taste and smell of this spice. I've been using it to make my morning tonic drink, macha powder with timur pepper, b&b ginger, grapefruit juice, soda water. Energizing!
I love the Wild Timur pepper and keep it on the table. Its unique flavor brightens almost any dish.
I use it all the time!
Love this interesting pepper!
2nd review - 5-spice heaven
Gotta weigh in again. I just ground up a gorgeous Chinese 5-spice mix using the Wild Timur Pepper, Desert Fennel, Pembe Cloves, Smoked Star Anise, Zanzibar Black Peppercorns (and a piece of non-B&B whole Vietnamese cinnamon). It is monstrously good--I tried it in a hoisin sauce for tofu--and can't wait to try the mix in other recipes. I found the 5-spice powder recipe on Cook's Illustrated, btw.
Peppers, peppers, PEPPERS! So many choices!!
Upon discovering Burlap&Barrel, I have an even greater selection of peppers to play with. Wild Timur stands just as well on its own, as it does mixed with other Burlap&Barrel peppers! The Spiciest Woman in the Neighborhood.
Wild Timur Pepper
Very good. Different taste. Unique
This is perfect for replacing butter orange in any authentic Mexican recipe! I made a salsa with tomatoes and epazote from the garden and with this pepper, it was just like being in Mexico again:) I can’t wait to try it in Indian and various Asian dishes!