Wild Timur Pepper

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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.


    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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    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 products..love the resourcing.

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    I love this pepper!

    My favorite new discovery at b&b. This is a must ingredient on my salad. The flavor is wonderful but, oh the smell when grinding sends me into ecstasy and sets the tone for my upcoming meal. The only caveat is the grind can be a bit rough - sometimes there are indigestible pieces - my husband thought perhaps I didn’t wash the lettuce! - but not a big deal and I don’t think would be an issue in other dishes.

    Frances B.
    United States United States

    Game changing!

    It has been such a game changer to use Timur pepper. This extraordinary spice adds a citrusy zing to Chinese food - particularly Ma Po Tofu, grilled pork chops, and basic napa cabbage and tofu stir fries. It is a treat to enjoy such exotic flavors despite the limitations of our tiny kitchen. It's not as numbing as Sezchuan pepper, so it goes over well with Chinese food newbies.

    Jade B.
    United States United States

    Pepper surprise

    One of my favorites. I grind this and put in my morning tonic drink along with ginger and coriander. Love it. It has hints of grapefruit, so unexpected. A nice surprise.