Commonly known as Blue Flower Tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea, a beverage made from an infusion of the flower petals or even whole flower of the Clitoria Ternatea plant is also known as butterfly-pea, blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea, Blue Tea Flowers, or Asian pigeonwings.
Derived from a plant that is common to most Southeast Asia countries butterfly pea flower tea has been brewed for centuries but only recently been introduced to tea drinkers outside the indigenous area. Butterfly Pea Flower tea gains its distinctive tint from the deep blue colour of the petals that have made the plant a popular dye for centuries. One of the aspects of the tea is the fact that the liquid changes colour based on the pH level of the substance added to it, for instance, adding lemon juice to the tea will turn it purple, turning a deeper shade of purple the more lemon juice is added. Mixed with fuchsia Roselle Hibiscus leaves the tea will turn a bright red colour.
Used in cocktails, teas, and blue latte's due to its sensational colour changing qualities, the Butterfly Pea Flower is also known for its incredible known benefits such as antioxidant support, rich in anthocyanins that support well-being, and research has even shown that it may contribute to cognitive health and stress relief!
HOW TO MAKE:
To start, you’ll need to boil water. You need about 4-5 flowers per 250 ml of tea. Roughly a teaspoon of flowers, just don’t go overboard with the flowers since they really impart a deep blue colour. For perfect butterfly pea flower tea, you will pour the water directly onto the dried flowers. The best temperature of the water to be 85 degrees Celsius. This gives you a great herbal-earthy flavour and won’t taste burnt. You should only steep the butterfly pea flower tea for 3-4 minutes. By adding in lemon or lemon juice will really give the tea a real zing for taste and can be drunk cold as well.
Ingredients: Whole Butterfly Pea Flowers.
Please note: You should always speak to your doctor before starting any herbal remedy.