Timmur or Nepali pepper is a highly pungent, sharp tasting dried berry from the prickly ash shrub family. It is often mistaken for black pepper, but has an entirely different flavor. Nepali people describe its taste as “per-peraune” which means “biting taste with an anesthetic feeling on the tongue”. The spice should be used only in moderation; otherwise it will overpower the dish. Timmur is most commonly used spice in Nepali pickles and chutneys.