Fresh Dulce Buttons and Leaves
Availablity: In Stock
Choose 50 buttons & 10 leaves, 50 leaves, or 100 leaves
Available Year Round
New York & California
The New York Times called Dulce buttons “intriguing” – read the review!
Dulce buttons (aka dushi buttons, Phyla Dulcis) are a unique variety of tiny flower 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) due to an extremely rare type of sesquiterpine. Despite this sweetness, they are relatively low in calories.
Dulce buttons have only recently been introduced to the US. These edible flower delicacies are unique and, like Szechuan buttons, a great way to wow your guests at parties with exciting exotic food that they’ve never seen before. They’re so potent that just one will be enough for a single serving.
Dulce button leaves, included with the flowers or sold separately, offer a similar flavor, but are less sweet and more herbaceous.
Note: Pregnant women and young children should avoid dulce buttons and leaves.
Store dulce buttons in their plastic clamshell in your refrigerator.
RECIPES & TIPS
Dulce buttons are extremely potent, so even one goes a long way.
They can be used (either whole or crumbled) in ice cream, salads or homemade marshmallows, with fresh fruit (particularly red berries), or with dark chocolate.
Dulce button leaves can be used similarly to fresh mint, either cut into chiffonade strips or candied.
Both the flowers and the leaves can be used as cutting edge mixology ingredients in cocktails, just use the flowers sparingly to avoid overpowering other flavors. Try substituting the leaves for traditional mint in American-style mojitos, or pairing them with iced tea.