Butterfly Pea Tea is a hot topic of discussion among tea drinkers everywhere. It's not your typical black or green tea, but it has some really cool properties that make it worth exploring.
The tea is made from the dried flowers of the butterfly pea, a plant that grows in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. This bluish-purple tea has an earthy taste with some hints of citrus. The most unique aspect to this tea is its ability to change color when it's exposed to certain stimuli, like acidic ingredients.
When combined with lemon or lime juice, the tea turns from blue to purple - just like when you add baking soda to a bowl of vinegar and see it fizz. You can create all sorts of fun purple hued desserts with this stuff!
It's worth noting that there is no actual tea in this drink. The butterfly pea plant produces a dark blue flower and when its dried leaves are brewed, they produce the distinct color of electric blue (it's also known as blue pea flower tea).
The flowers themselves contain a number of healthy antioxidants, but we're more interested in the color changing abilities of this tea. There is something mesmerizing about pouring iced tea into a highball with some lemon juice and watching the liquid change colors right before your eyes!
For those who enjoy chemistry, there's another way to change the color of butterfly pea tea - it involves heat. When you boil the liquid, the tea turns from a bright purplish blue to a darker shade, similar to the color of dried butterfly pea flowers.
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