Fresh Szechuan/Buzz Buttons

50 - 150 pieces
3 Reviews
Starting At
$57
Incl Overnight S&H

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PRODUCT INFO

The New York Times called Szechuan buttons “intriguing” – read the review!

Szechuan Buttons (aka Sechuan Buttons, Sichuan Buttons, Buzz Buttons, Toothache plant, Acmella Oleracea) are an unusual food in that their primary use is not nutrition or flavor but rather to impart a sensation to food and drink. They possess a slightly bitter, herby flavor that isn’t unusual, but a few seconds after consuming them something very interesting begins to happen in the mouth:

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.

Part of the secret of this effect may be that these flowers contain a natural painkiller sometimes used to numb toothache (hence their other nickname: toothache plant). It is not unpleasant, but surprising, and sharing just a small pinch with friends will cause a look of confused wonder.

This product ships from either New York or California depending on availability.

STORAGE

Storage:

Store Szechuan buttons in their plastic clamshell in your refrigerator. They 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.

Shelf Life:

4-5 days in the refrigerator, up to three months in the freezer.

RECIPES & TIPS

Besides being a lot of fun to eat on their own, Szechuan buttons can be used in drinks and dishes.

In particular, they really excel as a cutting-edge cocktail ingredient. Bartenders appreciate their ability to make drinks a more sensory experience beyond taste, smell, and appearance. The petals can also be pinched off and sprinkled onto salads or used in sorbets and ice cream.

How to Use Szechuan Buttons in Cocktails & Other Beverages

Szechuan Button Recipes

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What Others are Saying

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It's Electric!

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It takes a little work to pull out the petals(s?), but boy are they exciting! Alone they taste like a 9v battery when you test it with your tongue.. but in a salad dressing they add a tangy zip that everyone enjoyed. Nobody could figure out what I did but they all loved it!

super nice tingling feeling in your mouth...

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put it in a sorbet and sprinkle some extra on top !! everybody loves it..!!

Tingly

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It actually tasted like a 2v battery @sara