Why do Szechuan buttons make your mouth tingle?

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Szechuan buttons (aka buzz buttons, Sichuan buttons, toothache flowers, Acmella Oleracea) are tiny yellow flowers with a unique tingling effect that feels like light electricity. They’re a great party food or cocktail ingredient, and some chefs are using them in sorbets as a salad ingredient or as a sashimi garnish.

What gives these flowers their unique voltage effect is actually a natural painkiller (an analgesic) called spilanthol that briefly triggers a reaction in a nerve pathway in your mouth. The effect lasts only a couple of minutes and is used in some cultures as a toothache remedy.

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Szechuan Button Recipes
Freezing Szechuan Buttons

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2 Responses to “Why do Szechuan buttons make your mouth tingle?”

  1. 1
    darshan says:

    please tell me where can i get Dulce buttons from thank you darshan

  2. 2
    Matthew says:

    Hi Darshan,

    You can find the buttons here: Dulce Buttons.