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Suttons James Wong Seeds - Electric Daisies (147045)

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Suttons James Wong Seeds - Electric Daisies (147045)
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Suttons James Wong Seeds - Electric Daisies (147045)

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Quality Seeds from Suttons Seeds, the internationally renowned supplier of flower and vegetable seeds.

Part of the James Wong Homegrown Revolution Range. Believe it or not, these pretty little daisy flowers have a big surprise - they taste like citrus with a jolt of electricity! Their fizzy electric buzz effect is like nothing you will have tasted before. Similar to popping candy, cloves, or a 9 volt battery, this unusual sensation is perfect for spicing up your cooking, bringing an unexpected zing to a dessert or sorbet, or adding a mouth-tingling twist to a glamorous cocktail. Stunning as bedding plants in any garden. Snip flowers off when they reach full colour, but only try a few petals! The more you snip, the more flowers will come. Origin: Brazil. Latin name: Acmella oleracea. Pop one of these unassuming little yellow flowers in your mouth and you will soon find out how it got its range of colourful common names; everything from buzz buttons to toothache plant. An initial burst of citrus tang is quickly followed by a curious, tingly sensation - like a jolt of electricity - that fills your whole mouth, ending in a mild local anaesthesia that can last for up to 15 minutes!This fizzy space dust-like effect - which some have likened to licking a 9 volt battery - is produced by the plants high levels of a pain-relieving agent called spilanthol, explaining its traditional use in treating toothache, mouth ulcers & sore throats for centuries. Spilanthol's muscle relaxing effects have even meant that an extract of the plant has found its way into high-end face creams that claim to have a natural 'botox' effect. Sow: March-April. Harvest: June-October.

Alternative name: Acmella oleracea.

Hints:

  • EATING: For a true Hestonesque twist to a simple watercress & grapefruit salad, slice up a flower or two with a little red onion & sprinkle over for an effervescent tang. In Brazil both the leaves and flowers are traditionally mixed with sliced chilli and garlic as a condiment for all sorts of dishes, from grilled fish to fried chicken. Be careful though a little does go a long way! Try using a pinch of the flowers instead of Tabasco on oysters or in place of wasabi on sushi, or better yet grind a few up, mix them with salt and use on the rim of a margarita glass. Their fresh, sparkly flavour, makes them the perfect ingredient in a palate cleansing sorbet, paired with fresh mangos and ripe red chillies. To temporarily soothe the symptoms of mild toothache, mouth ulcers or gum irritation simply pop a flower bud in your mouth and chew. Or to make a mouthwash to store right over winter, blitz a few flowers in a blender with a shot or two of vodka, strain and add the mix to an equal quantity of water and bottle up. RECIPE: Mango, chili & electric daisy sorbet - Whether it’s a tongue tingling dessert or the ultimate between course palate-cleanser, this curious ‘fizzy’ sorbet is guaranteed to bring a smile to your mates' faces. Serves 4. • 3 fresh mangos, peeled, seeded and sliced • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes • 250g icing sugar, sifted • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped, plus a little extra for garnishing • 9 small electric daisies, finely chopped, plus a little extra for garnishing • Flaky sea salt METHOD: Blitz the mangos, lime zest, lime juice and icing sugar in a food processor to produce a smooth purée. Pour into a Tupperware container and pop in the freezer for 1 hour. Give the mixture a quick stir once every hour until fully frozen (this will take about 4 hours). During your final stir, sprinkle in the chilli and electric daisies and mix well. Wipe the rim of a martini glass with a slice of lime to coat it in a thin layer of lime juice, flip it over

    Average packet content: 220 seeds.

    Sow: March-April.

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