What is Butterfly Pea Flower?
Butterfly pea flower, also known as clitoria ternate, is originated from Southeast Asia. It creates mesmerizing appeal, like below, in both traditional and modern cuisine and beverage.
Exotic Edible Flowers from Asia
In Thailand, it is served as nam dok anchan, a syrupy blue drink as a welcome drink or an after-dinner nightcap. In Malay cooking, it is used to color glutinous rice to make kuih ketan. In recent years, many restaurants, bars and food start-ups start to use its natural color-changing characteristic on cocktails, soups, desserts, or even kombucha. Some also pair it with lemongrass to bring out a distinctive fragrance.
Natural Food Coloring
The flower works its magic. It's fun. It’s tempting. It makes vibrant color schemes from midnight blue to sunset purple when its pH changes. Unlike most herbal teas that deliver some bitterness or floral notes, butterfly pea tastes a bit woody and grassy with slight nuttiness. The subtlety of the aroma, though, makes it versatile in all kinds of food and beverage.
Butterfly Pea Flower Benefits
Like all herbal tea, butterfly pea flower is caffeine-free. Also, it is high in antioxidants, vitamin A, C and E. According to Raw and Lovely, the flower has so many more benefits to offer, such as keeping skin glow and healthy as well as strengthening hair health. However, please be mindful that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid its consumption.