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What is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?

What Is Butterfly Pea Flower?

Butterfly Pea flower is known by its botanic name, Clitoria Ternatea. It is an edible flower that’s native to South East Asia. The Plant is Known for centuries for its medicinal and color-changing properties. The flower is growing in popularity because of its vibrant colors that range from light to dark blue and different shades of purple. It is grown and source in warmer climates, that is above 60 degrees.  It changes colors when introducing to acid such as lemon.

How Did I Find It?

 I discovered Butterfly Pea Flower on my month-long stay in Thailand. I was at my favorite restaurant that I frequent every day. When I go, I only get two things from that restaurant Khao Soi and Pad Thai( of course ), well after doing free yoga that morning, I felt healthy and wanted to keep this energy up. I planned to order coconut water, but a blue purplish drink caught my eye. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Hot or Cold,  below had the explanation and benefits of this gorgeous tea. Chiangmai, Thailand weather in March is HOT! So, I order the drink cold. I really enjoyed it; it has a similar taste to green tea but not exactly.

How to use Butterfly Pea Flower?

Butterfly Pea Flower is grown predominately in South East Asia. I discovered the plant in Thailand. Thai people use it for a variety of reasons. If you steep the tea and strain it, you will be left with a blue liquid or dye. You can use this natural dye to dye food, clothing, and even your hair. My favorite dessert dish is mango sticky rice. Sometimes a vendor/restaurant owner will tint the rice with the natural dye from the plant or tent rice cakes to make colorful dishes.

 There are also plenty of medicinal properties that suppliers of the plant claim the plant promotes such as brain health, stress relief, anti-inflammation, and rejuvenating the skin, rich in anthocyanin, nootropic anxiolytic, and antidepressant. There isn’t a lot of scientific FDA approve research, but this plant is considered Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used to treat various elements in the body for centuries.

Where to buy Butterfly Pea Flower?

Butterfly Pea Flower can be found near you or online. It is such a versatile plant. As mentioned before you can use it for medicinal properties or food, herbal teas, or a natural dye. What’s really cool is that it changes colors when introducing to lemon or lime. You can add the dye to make colorful cocktails drinks, Unicorn lemonade, Herbal tea, and any type of blue dessert. The best thing is that it is caffeine-free and antioxidant. You can find Butterfly Pea Flower through Amazon. It is sold as dried blossoms or powder.  

Butterfly Pea flower is known by its botanic name, Clitoria Ternatea. It is an edible flower that’s native to South East Asia. The Plant is Known for centuries for its medicinal and color-changing properties.

Simple Recipe for Butterfly Pea Flower Tea:

  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey or brown sugar
  • Lime or lemon ( optional )

Steep Time: 5-7 minutes

To make this magical tea simple just add all of the ingredients together and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Add honey, brown sugar, or any prefer sweetener to your liking.

Enjoy

Final Thoughts:

Food is medicine and nature is beautiful, everything we need to sustain ourselves is here on earth and is found in nature. Through travel and traveling locally, you can discover amazing plants and herbs that can transform your life.  I hope the Butterfly Pea Flower has introduced a new wave of recipes and increase health for you.

Other resources:

– Butterfly Pea Tea is available through Amazon or your local herbalist

-Disposable Teabags, Here, to make to a perfect cup of tea

-Prepackaged Butterfly Pea flower by, Butterfly Pea Tea Bag

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