Electric Daisies can do more than cause a sensation in your mouth, help with wrinkles and treat tooth ache. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.
One of our favourite things about setting up Bangers and Ballls is getting to meet all the local producers. We met Laura from the Wonky Parnsip at our first Chilli Festival at Edible Culture in Faversham. Moments later I was popping an electric daisy in my mouth. Much to the amusement of those around me. It tasted a bit like how you would expect a daisy to taste slightly grassy and mushy but with a citrus undertone! . However as Chef Duncan pointed out it isn't about the taste it is about the feeling. Sure enough a mild prickling sensation developed into a fizzy electric buzz on my tounge. I have to say I rather enjoyed it. People who have tried them at our Pop Ups have described them as similar to 'popping candy' , cloves, a 9 volt battery on their tounge and my personal favourite an electric eel in their mouth! See what the Mayor Of Faversham thinks below!
So where do they come from? They are orginally from South America and thier Latin name is: Acmella oleracea.
An electric daisy produces 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.
The plant does more than ease toothache and help to rid humans of wrinkles. Spilanthol kills off critters that might be silly enough to try and make a snack of electric daisies. It’s particularly good at killing off yellow fever mosquitoes! Which is good for both the plant and for humans since these little pests spread such delights as yellow fever and dengue fever.
Isn't nature rather wonderful!
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