The flower bud has a grassy taste followed by a strong tingling or numbing sensation and often excessive salivation, coupled with a cooling sensation in the throat. The buds are known as "buzz buttons," "Szechuan buttons," "sansho buttons," and "electric buttons”. A concentrated extract of the Toothache Button is used as a flavoring agent in many countries worldwide. As a food flavoring, it is described as having an herbal, tropical, citrusy, or musty odor, and its taste can be pungent, cooling, tingling, numbing, or effervescent. Includes the ability to induce a mouth-watering sensation in the oral cavity and the ability to promote the production of saliva.