Fresh Dulce & Szechuan/Buzz Buttons
|Size:||30 Szechuan Buttons, 50 Dulce Buttons|
|Origin:||New York & California|
|Season||Available Year Round|
Dulce buttons and Szechuan buttons have only recently been introduced to the US. These edible flowers have unique, exciting properties that are a great way to wow guests at parties. They’re both so potent that just one will be enough for a single serving.
Szechuan Buttons (aka Sechuan Buttons, Sichuan Buttons, Acmella Oleracea)
Eating a few tiny petals from a Szechuan button (pinched off between thumb and forefinger or cut using a knife or shears) will lead to a tingling sensation…almost like mild voltage or bubbles from an effervescent beverage popping on the tongue. It is similar to (but much more intense than) the tingling imparted by Szechuan peppercorns, which is how this flower gets its name.
Dulce buttons(aka Dushi Buttons, Phyla Dulcis)
These tiny flowers are packed with tremendous flavor. Only about 4mm by 5mm in size, these tiny white buds are super sweet with a mint, thyme, anise/licorice flavor.
How sweet? Depending on how they’re measured, molecule for molecule dulce buttons are 500 to 1,500 times as sweet as conventional sugar (stevia is roughly 200-300 times as sweet as sugar). Despite this sweetness, they are relatively low in calories.
A mixologist sampler including Szechuan buttons, dulce leaves (less sweet than the buttons), and shiso leaves is also available.
Note: Pregnant women and young children should avoid dulce buttons and leaves.
Store dulce buttons and Szechuan buttons in their plastic clamshell in your refrigerator.
Szechuan buttons can be frozen for long term storage. Though their appearance will become less vibrant and their texture may change slightly, their tingling effect will remain.
Dulce buttons - 4-5 days.
Szechuan buttons – 4-5 days in refrigerator, up to three months in the freezer.
RECIPES & TIPS
Szechuan buttons really excel as a cutting-edge cocktail ingredient. Bartenders appreciate their ability make drinks a more sensory experience beyond taste, smell, and appearance. The petals can also be pinched off and sprinkled onto salads or sashimi, or used in sorbets and ice cream.
How to Use Szechuan Buttons in Cocktails & Other Beverages
Szechuan Button Recipes
Dulce buttons can be used in cocktails, frozen desserts, green salads, fruit salads (especially ones with red berries) and recipes with dark chocolate. Use them sparingly, they’re incredibly potent!