Experience the magical side of tea by making your own Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. It's a tisane beverage that turns blue when steeped, but mystically turns into purple once mixed with lemon juice. Read on to find out how to prepare it the best way.
What makes Butterfly Pea Tea so unique from other herbal teas is that it naturally turns blue when steeped in water. There are plenty of nice things to say about this tea. Although it doesn't taste much, it pretty much wins the "looks" category. Drinking it provides countless health benefits that will improve your lifestyle. It can also be delightfully mixed with other teas and ingredients to enhance its flavor.
If you're planning to organize an intimate party or social event with friends and family, Butterfly Pea Flower tea should definitely be considered added to your menu. Serving it in a glass teapot will allow your guests to see and admire its beautiful colors.
But before anything else, let me teach you how to make your own Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. We'll be creating two versions: hot and iced.
What is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?
The Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is an herbal tea made from dried butterfly pea flowers. The flowers come from a plant called "Clitoria Ternatea" that's commonly grown in Southeast Asia regions. The flowers are naturally blue with a little bit of purple in them, thus explaining the colors when it's steeped as tea. It's caffeine-free and doesn't have a striking taste, but once blended with the right ingredients it will be downright enjoyable.
How does Butterfly Pea Flower Tea change its color?
As much as we'd like to believe magic is behind this, there's actually a scientific explanation for Butterfly Pea Flower tea's color-changing abilities. Adding something acidic like lemon juice alters its pH level, therefore causing its color to change.
What are the health benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?
Butterfly Pea Flowers are not just beautiful but they're also healthy. There are plenty of health benefits that can come from drinking butterfly pea tea such as:
- May aid in weight loss: Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has zero caffeine as well as zero fats, carbs, and cholesterol. It is an ideal beverage for those who are trying to lose weight because it helps cleanse the gut by removing unwanted wastes and regulating appetite. No need to worry about craving junk foods and overeating then!
- Promotes beautiful aging: Flavonoids are present in Blue Butterfly Pea Flower tea. These are compounds that help produce and maintain skin elasticity. It is also said to help brighten dull skin by getting rid of dark spots or uneven skin tone.
- Promotes healthy growing hair: Other than the skin, drinking Blue Butterfly Pea Flower tea is great for the hair too. Thanks to the anthocyanin in it, you can have increased blood circulation to the head which helps maintain a healthy scalp. It also helps strengthen the hair follicles.
- Enhances the mood: Butterfly pea flowers might not produce a unique taste but their earthy notes are said to be effective mood uplifters. According to some sources, drinking Blue Butterfly Pea tea refreshes the brain, increases energy levels, and stimulates positive emotions. Sounds like this is a good drink to have before and after a hard day's work!
How to prepare Butterfly Pea Tea (Hot)
Check out the info below to learn how to make a warm Blue Butterfly Pea Tea.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried Butterfly Pea Flowers
- 1 cup filtered water (plus more to warm teapot)
- Lemon slices or lemon juice (optional for taste and color-changing effect
- Boil water to 100°C. Boil more water than necessary to use it to warm the teapot.
- Pour some of the water into the teapot. Swirl it around before discarding it.
- Add the dried Butterfly Pea Flowers to the teapot and the rest of the boiled water.
- Cover teapot and steep for 5 mins.
- Strain the flowers and pour tea into a cup. To change its color, add lemon slices or lemon juice. Watch as the color turns from blue to pinkish purple.
How to prepare Butterfly Pea Tea (Iced)
For a more refreshing version of Blue Butterfly Pea tea that you can enjoy on hot and humid days, try this recipe!
- 1/2 cups dried Butterfly Pea Flowers
- 5 cups filtered water (room temperature or cold)
- Lemon slices or lemon juice (optional for taste and color-changing effect)
- Simple syrup (optional for sweetening)
- Iced cubes (optional)
- Put the dried Butterfly Pea Tea Flowers and room temperature water in a pitcher.
- Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 6 hrs.
- Strain out the flowers. You may add simple syrup (mixing brown sugar with a bit of hot water) if you prefer a sweet taste.
- Pour the tea into each drinking glass. Add a tinge of lemon juice to each for the color-changing effect. Use the lemon slices for garnish.
- Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does Butterfly Pea Tea taste like?
Butterfly Pea Tea doesn't really taste like much. It doesn't have a strong, bitter taste like Black Tea nor a slightly fruity and floral one like Hibiscus. Butterfly Pea Tea has earthy and woody flavors that are quite similar to the likes of Green Tea. It has, however, a light aroma and can be delightfully blended with chamomile, lemon, honey, and lemongrass.
2. Can I drink Butterfly Pea Tea every day?
There's no harm in drinking Butterfly Pea Tea daily. Given that it's caffeine-free and has plenty of health benefits, drinking it regularly can improve one's lifestyle. But don't expect it to treat medical conditions fast and efficiently by itself alone.
3. Is Butterfly Pea Tea safe during pregnancy?
Herbal tea in general is not advised to be drunk while pregnant, although some sources claim that Butterfly Pea Tea is generally safe for consumption. To be sure, it would be best to consult your obstetrician first before drinking anything.