A Pepper With Buzz

The Szechuan pepper is a curious beast. It’s used as a seasoning in certain East Asian cuisines–most obviously food from China’s Sichuan province, but also in Japan and various other lands. It has an odd effect: a tingling on the lips and tongue. Yesterday I wrote about the neuroscience of that feeling for ScienceNOW.

Tuning into the Buzz of Peppers

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3 Responses to A Pepper With Buzz

  1. Zero Lu says:

    Helen, I read lots of your articles and found that you are a very interesting person. Would you like to be my pen pal? I’m a college student in Hangzhou, China. Don’t hesitate to send me an email ! ; )

  2. Zero Lu says:

    By the way, Sichuan pepper is 花椒(huajiao) in Chinese. Great taste really. Interesting study!

  3. Helen says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the story!