Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterfly Pea flower Tea is made from dried blue flower that is native to South East Asia. The botanical name is Clitoria Ternatea and is also known as the bluebelivine and Darwin pea.
In South East Asia butterfly pea flowers are used as a dye and natural food colouring for rice dishes and desserts. In many parts of South East Asia, there are used in hot tea or as a refreshing iced tea.
\Add ½ tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp honey per cup of tea & serve with ice.
Butterfly pea can be used as an intense natural blue colour for drink, rice and pasta, dairy and baked goods. It naturally changes colour from deepest blue to bright pink depending on the PH of the food or beverage.
Because it is naturally caffeine -free, butterfly pea tea is traditionally consumed hot as an after-dinner, pre-bedtime drink. There are many ways to get creative with the versatile flower to highlights its fun colours.
These flowers are very mild in flavour and aroma. Grown naturally by small farmers in South East Asia and individually handpicked flowers. The flowers are picked in the morning and then sun dried for many days before consumed.
The bright blue colour of butterfly pea tea might give you the expectation of fruity flavour, but the taste is more like a light version of green tea – slightly earthy, grassy and astringent. Lemon juice and honey are commonly added to brighten and sweeten the taste. Some traditional additions include Ttea,ginger, mint, lemongrass and cinnamon.
There Are Many Health Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
- Contains Anthocyanins
Butterfly pea flowers are rich in anthocyanins that support well-being. Studies have shown that anthocyanins can support healthy metabolism of fat, which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, healthy blood sugar regulations, and a healthy body weight.
- Contains Versatile Catechins
Butterfly pea flowers contains catechin EGCG – the predominant antioxidant in green tea. Research suggests that EGCG has many healthful functions in the body, including to help maintain weight and cardiovascular health.
- Antioxidant Support
Some research shows that people who regularly consume anthocyanins experience support memory retention and cognitive function. One study from 2019 found that consumption of butterfly pea flowers in beverages did have an impact on increasing antioxidant activity in the body, which in turn can be used to benefit many health functions.
- Promotes Graceful aging
Recent studies have shown promise for incorporating butterfly pea flowers into skincare products. Of course, the most effective way to reap the benefits is by drinking butterfly pea flower tea, which contains many plant-based antioxidants that naturally help you age gracefully.
Create Magical Drinks and Cocktails
- Steep 1/2 tsp (4-5 butterfly Pea flowers ) in one cup hot water for 5 minutes or cold water for 10 minutes.
- Strains out the leaves, and give it a taste to enjoy the true blue tea flavour.
- Add a sachet of Jasmine Green Tea to enhance tea-drinking routine.
- A splash of lemon to the mix magically changes the colour from blue to purple.
- Add blue ice-cube to cocktails for a slow purple colour change in the drink!