The Chinese 5 Spice blend is made with Star Anise, Roasted Szechuan Peppercorns, again which are hand ground and toasted to bring out the best flavor. Fennel Seed, Madagascar Cloves & Chinese Cassia. The Szechuan Peppercorns are very different than other peppercorns in flavor and are a culinary sensation. Szechuan pepper has a very unique special action on the taste buds; instead of being hot or pungent like black, white, or chili peppers, it creates a unique tingling, almost numbing like pins-and-needles sensation unlike any other spice. It is highly valued in many Asian dishes and is the one ingredient that can literally make a dish memorable. It requires roasting to bring out all the oil and wonderful pungent flavors of the peppercorn.  *** increased price due to the price of the highly specialized Szechuan Peppercorns which depend on availability ***

Chinese Five Spice