Flowers You Can Eat

Grow Your Own Buzz Buttons: Feel the Buzz Sensation

Buzz Buttons, also known as the Szechuan Button and toothache plant, is not your ordinary flower. Traditionally used for its anesthetic properties to relieve toothaches, this little gem has another unique feature up its sleeve—it creates a tingly, buzzing sensation when you eat it! 

In this post, I’ll show you how to grow your very own Buzz Button plant, so you can have this incredible plant right in your garden whenever you want to experience its magic.

So, if you’re curious to bring this flower into your life, read on, and let’s get growing!

How Can You Use Buzz Button?

Now, you might be wondering how to make the most of this Toothache Plant, as it is also known.

This uninspiring flower isn’t particularly pretty but it’s totally edible and comes with some seriously fun and surprising effects!

The texture of the flower is slightly crunchy and quite dense.

The flavor is a little bit sour, but nothing to write home about. So it won’t compete with any flavors that you might be using.

If you’re needing to store some Buzz Buttons, then keep them in the fridge in an airtight container and they will keep for a few days. You can also freeze your Buzz Buttons, and although some of the texture may be lost, they will still maintain their sensational properties!

Try drying some as well, as this is also a good preserving method.

cocktail with Buzz Button garnish
Photo by Cocktail Vision

Buzz Button Used as a Cocktail Garnish Flower

The Buzz Button has become renowned with mixologists who are using it to give an element of surprise for their cocktail drinkers.

You really should try this!

Add some crushed Buzz Button to the rim of your favorite cocktail, take a sip, and suddenly feel a delightful tingling sensation in your mouth! It’s like a mini party for your taste buds! Yep, this little flower is not only a garnish but also a secret ingredient that’ll turn your ordinary drinks into extraordinary delights.

You can learn the different ways you can use Buzz Buttons in Cocktail Recipes here. 

So, the next time you play bartender, try using this delightful little flower and treat your guests to an unexpected tingling experience! It will not only add a touch of elegance, but it’ll also give your drinks a playful zing that’s sure to keep everyone talking and laughing!

Buzz Button Used in Cooking

Buzz Button Brownie
Photo by Koreafornian Cooking

The magic of the Buzz Button lies in its unique compound called spilanthol.

When you include this little flower in your culinary creations, you get a surprising and delightful effect. It stimulates saliva production in your mouth, enhancing the overall taste experience!

Sprinkle it over the top of your brownies, cookies, or salads, then wait for the thrill of suddenly feeling a tingling sensation. Your mouth will water and the flavors will intensify. It truly creates a one-of-a-kind experience for foodies.

Chefs around the world have also caught on to the wonders of the Buzz Button. They’re using it to take their dishes to new flavor heights.

From gourmet salads to delicious desserts, this versatile flower will be your secret ingredient to impress your guests and leave them marvelling at the delightful tingles that accompany each bite.

So, try growing this special plant in your garden if you live in a warm climate and don’t miss the chance to experiment with the Buzz Button in your cooking.

Explore its potential and uncover a world of delightful surprises that’ll make your meals truly unforgettable. Let your taste buds dance with anticipation as you add the tingling power of the Buzz Button to your favorite recipes! 

How to Grow Acmella Oleracea: Your Own Buzz Buttons

Ready to grow your very own Buzz Buttons?

Good news—these little wonders are low-maintenance, making them perfect plants for your garden.

They grow to about 12 inches high and will then happily bush out to produce little mounds of dark green leaves covered in upright stems with cone shaped or round flowers. If you pinch off the old flowers this will encourage more abundant blooms.

There are two varieties of Acmella oleracea and both are easy to grow.

The Lemon Drop variety is a canary yellow color and the flowers are a cone like button shape.

The other variety is known as Bullseye Button. It has a round button shape, with a red centre – just like a bullseye! Both have the same reaction when eaten.

These charming flowers are a joy to cultivate and will add a touch of tingling magic to your garden.

Here’s a simple guide to get you started:

Buzz Button Growing in a Container

Are Buzz Buttons Easy to Grow?

Absolutely! Buzz Buttons are a breeze to grow, making them an excellent choice for gardeners of all skill levels. Just give your plants a little water and a lot of sunshine and these delightful flowers will bloom beautifully. 

To make it even easier the Acmella oleracea plant self-seeds. If the flowers are left to go to seed, then these will fall and germinate the following spring. You won’t need to do anything except make sure the soil is moist.

You can grow them by seed which germinates easily within a few days. Sow the seeds on top of the soil and there is no need to cover with soil. Water lightly and keep moist but not waterlogged.

They also make excellent container plants,

Buzz Buttons thrive in sunny spots, so find a bright location in your garden. They will need at least 6-8 hours sun a day or else they will become straggly and won’t bloom so abundantly. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but don’t over water.

Where do Buzz Buttons Grow?

Buzz Buttons are native to South America, but they’ve found their way into gardens all around the world. They grow better in tropical climates (being their native environment) but will also do well in more temperate climates over the summer months.

If you can find a sunny spot for them and water them regularly, they’ll grow quite easily in your backyard. 

Can you Grow Buzz Buttons Indoors?

You can grow them indoors if you live in a cold climate. Just put them in a sunny position beside a window where they will get sun.

Is Buzz Button an Annual or a Perennial Plant?

Buzz Buttons can be both annuals and perennials depending on your climate.

 In warmer climates, they will grow as perennials, coming back year after year. In cooler areas, they can be grown as annuals by planting them during early spring and then they die during the cold winters.

Acmella oleracea

Have Fun Making the Most of Using Buzz Buttons

So, get ready to grow your own Buzz Buttons and experiment with the tingling experience they have in store for you.

Growing Buzz Buttons in your garden is an adventure worth taking! It will be fun to have these flowers available for you to use whenever you want to give your guests a surprise at dinner.

Happy gardening and tingling adventures ahead!

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