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Wild Timur Pepper

Cousin of a Sichuan peppercorn, tingly, citrusy and zesty.

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Named by Saveur as the "Best Non-Peppercorn"

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



    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. 


    non gmo clear
    non irradiated clear
    no preservatives clear
    Salt Free

    Dried timur pepper (Zanthoxylum armatum)

    Cooking tips

    Amount fresh
    Amound dried
    • Toss into stir-fries as soon as the oil is hot
    • Mix with peppercorns and add to your pepper mill
    • Grind into dipping sauce for dumplings
    • Use to finish spicy dishes like Mapo tofu
    "Bright, fascinating, and entirely unlike anything else out there, they enhance and improve all kinds of dishes . . . [I]ts intense zing and lingering flavor offers plenty of options for how to use it, particularly calling to any type of fish dish."


    Sourcing image

    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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    Heirloom Spices Yes No No
    Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
    Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
    Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
    Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
    Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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