Limited Release bars are Goodnow Farm’s way of sharing the incredible fine flavor cacao and amazing flavor combinations. They make only one batch of each bar, so they’re only available for a limited time.
Their Herbaceous Green Sichaun Dark Chocolate sourced from spice company 50 Hertz is truly unique. They always pair the natural flavor notes of our single origin chocolate with different complementary flavors, and this match up is spectacular. The herbal notes of their Peruvian Ucayali chocolate seamlessly meld with and carry the pine, floral and citrus notes of the Green Sichuan Pepper. And, the Ucayali chocolate already had a slightly cooling hit, but the Sichuan really amps it up for a cool breeze in the mouth after the lemon rush!
And, what you’ve heard about Sichuan pepper is true – it gives the same tingly sensation as if you were exposed to a low electrical current! ⚡️ The feeling is actually equal to 50hz, which is the rate at which electrons vibrate on most power grids. Incorporated in our chocolate you get a tingly, buzzing sensation. But don’t worry – the only way this bar will actually shock you is with how intensely herbal it is!
Note that this bar is NOT HOT!
About the Herbaceous Green Sichuan Pepper
When Yao Zhao returned home to visit his family for Chinese New Year, his mom made a salad with local Green Sichuan Pepper oil, and lighting struck! First there was the tingle sensation and delicious vegetal flavors, and then there was the idea to share his hometown delicacy with foodies worldwide, and his culinary company 50Hertz was born.
Green Sichuan is not really a “pepper” so it’s not “hot” – it is actually a berry harvested by hand from the prickly ash tree, which is in the citrus family. Yao explains that the berry is comprised of an outer shell and interior seed, and the flavor is actually in the oil of the skin of the shell. In the shell various herbal and citrus flavor compounds are present as well as a molecule called hydroxy-alpha sanshool. This molecule causes a uniquely intense buzzing, tingling and numbing sensation on the tongue with a frequency of about 50 Hertz!
50Hertz works with directly farmers and co-ops in Chongqing who harvest the green “wild” variety of Sichaun annually, by hand. After they pick the fresh fruit from the trees they let the berries dry under the sun; the skin cracks open and the bitter, interior seeds fall out. To ensure high quality standards and that no bitter seeds remain to detract from the flavor experience, famers place the berries though a vibrating machine and finally hand-sift to remove any outlier seeds.
This Green Sichuan growing and harvest process is multi-step, hard work as no automation can be used. It’s challenging to retain farmer interest in growing this type of labor-intensive crop when more enticing and easier-to-harvest fruits like apples and peaches are options.
Despite farming challenges, Yao and his business partner Lois remain enthusiastic about the future of the aromatic and tingly Green Sichuan Pepper, and they will be joining their farmers this summer and participating in the annual July harvest!
Visit 50Hertz to learn more about Tingly Green Sichuan Pepper and try it for yourself.