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Sep 24, 2009

Chef’s Notes: Specialty Produce Cocktail Mixers & Ingredients

Looking to invigorate your bar with a new and unusual signature cocktail that people just have to try? North American Import & Export now sells wholesale specialty produce that can do just that!


Sechuan Buttons (aka Szechuan Buttons)
These small yellow flowers possess an unusual secret that will have your customers talking. The tiny yellow petals possess a strong (but not unpleasant) tingling “voltage” sensation. Use it to give your drinks an electric buzz, or the feeling of carbonation without adding soda or seltzer. Sechuan buttons can also be used as a palate cleanser or as an ingredient in salads, sorbets, ice creams, etc.

 Sechuan Buttons

Pepquinos (aka Cucamelons, Mouse Melons)
Wow customers with what appears to be the world’s smallest watermelon. Pepquinos actually have a flavor closer to cucumbers (with a slight sourness) and are completely edible. Though they’re a unique, eye-catching garnish, they can also be used as an ingredient in drinks, tossed with other small fruit like kumquats to make a tiny fruit salad, or sautéed.


Shiso Leaves (aka Japanese Basil, Perilla, Purple Mint, Beefsteak Plant)
Muddle shiso into drinks for the ultimate herb cocktail. This classic Japanese herb combines a beautiful shape with a complex flavor that includes elements of many herbs and spices. Green shiso tastes similar to a blend of basil, fennel & mint, while purple shiso evokes cumin, cinnamon, and ginger. Shiso leaves are a common accompaniment to raw fish in Japanese cuisine, but they are also great in salads or dipped in tempura batter and fried.


Adding specialty produce to your foodservice menu is easy, just call us at (888) 276-5955 to place your order!  

If you’re a home cook, Marx Foods can help.  Buy szechuan buttons, buy pepquinos and buy shiso leaves here.

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