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forbidden szechuan peppercorns

joan | Feb 22, 2003 08:53 AM

forgive me if this has already been posted about, but it was big news to me...yesterday i intended to make a big batch of barbara tropp's(china moon cafe)essential roasted szechuan peppercorn and salt. i dashed over to chicago's wonderful store, The Spice House(second generation Penzey'), to pick up the peppercorns. 2 weeks ago, i was told, the FDA swooped in, badges out, and confiscated all the s.p. in the place, as they did all over the country. there is some new virus in the peppercorns that will damage citrus. obviously, a big crop in the US, so there will be no more s.p. for possibly many years to come.patty erd, the spice house owner says usually a 3-5 year ban goes into place when something like this happens. this will clearly rock the world of the chinese restaurant. i dont know if there is anything that can substitute for the unique flavor of the szechuan peppercorn. so if you've got any in the house, enjoy them while you can. joan

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