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Meet QingXi Tribute Sichuan Pepper
Uniquely flowery, electric, citrus that runs through your mouth, vibrating your receptors, binding together flavors in one great symphony.
This Sichuan Pepper is grown by the Li Family in the Han Yuan Valley at around 3000 meter above sea level. The village of QingXi is one of the old, mysterious gateways to the ancient tea horse road. The ancient tea horse road was once a vast networks of treacherous and rough trade routes stretching from central China all the way to the bay of Bengal and beyond.
QingXi is actually one of the first recorded places of Sichuan Pepper plantations and legends says it was here cultivation first took place. For more than 900 years the village sent Sichuan Pepper as a tribute to the imperial courts of China because of the superior taste, aroma and color.
Legends talk of over 6000 traditional dishes created from 23 fixed flavors and 58 different cooking methods. And at the core of it all, Ma La, the link up of hot and numbing, when chili marries Sichuan Pepper. When cooking with Sichuan Pepper it is about finding a symphony between all these flavors and cooking methods.
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