The Acmella Oleracea plant is known by many names — the “electric daisy”, the “toothache plant”, buzz button, spilanthes, and paracress.
If you nibble on one of the buds of this plant, it creates a unique buzzing sensation on your lips and tongue.
The sensation is somewhat similar to the numbing effect caused by biting into a Szechuan peppercorn. However, the buzz from the electric daisy is not as peppery — it is more effervescent and numbing.
What Causes The Buzzing Sensation?
The effect is caused by spilanthol — a naturally occurring alkaloid in the plant.
Where To Buy Electric Daises
Unfortunately you can no longer buy fresh electric daises on Amazon.
However, the seeds of electric daises are available. I encourage you to grow your own daises — because even the “fresh” buds tend to be wilted when they arrive in the mail. If you do decide to grow them, you can add the plant’s leaves to salads for the unique flavor and sensation.