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Szechwan peppercorns

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I am traveling to Toronto from the U.S. and would like to buy some Szechwan peppercorns, preferably in Chinatown. Can anyone please recommend where to buy Szechwan peppercorns in Toronto? Thank you.

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You can find Szechuan peppercorns anywhere in Chinatown. There are none of the same restrictions on importing them like in the States that currently exists. I can't remember the reason behind this but I remember reading about it on this site and reading about it in one of the SF newspapers.

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The restrictions in the U.S. are largely gone now too, except for the need for a basic heat treatment.

Details on this, and other non-region specific talk about Sichuan Peppercorns (yeah, I know... yet another spelling--it's the one we found used most often) are in this long running eGullet topic. Look at the posts from late April and early May--that's when we start talking about the revision of the ban.


Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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These can also be purchased at the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto.

s.g.

It's a big market -- which store?

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It was upstairs...main floor...near where the gadget store is. There was a carousel with packages of spices near one of the entrances. Sorry...I can't help you any more than that. I really don't take notice of the names of the places. I just know where I need to get my goodies.

s.g.

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I just purchased two ounces from the CMC Company in Avalon, NJ, and then my friend ordered an ounce when I told her about it. They said they had a dwindling supply, but had no problems shipping to me in NY! Maybe the restrictions are just on new supplies?

Maybe they still have some...


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If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

--James Michener

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