Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Recipe

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Try this Butterfly pea flower tea recipe! It is not only beautiful but also refreshing and stress-reducing! Added with lemongrass and pandan leaves to give more fragrant to the tea!

butterfly pea flower recipe

Butterfly pea flower is a small beautiful flower that can easily be made into tea. It is commonly used in many herbal teas, drinks, and even cosmetic products.

It is easily found in Southeast Asia and can be easily grown in your backyard. It can be easily brewed up as brilliant blue color tea.

I grew several pots of these flowers in my backyard along with pandan leaves and lemongrass, so I often brew it with this butterfly pea flower tea recipe.

butterfly pea flower tea

The flower is so rich in antioxidants and have several positive health benefits.

butterfly pea flower tea

You can dry them easily and keep the dried flowers in a container for later use.

dried butterfly pea flower tea

What does Butterfly Pea Flower Taste Like?

Butterfly pea flower tea has mildly sweet flavor, a little bit like chamomile. It is relaxing and stress-reducing.

Some lemon slices put to the tea will change the blue color to purple instantly. The taste will also be different

Butterfly Pea Flower Health Benefits

These cute flowers have so many health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which are known for their anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

Regular consumption may offer benefits such as improved eye health, enhanced skin health, and potential stress relief, although more scientific research is needed to fully substantiate these claims.

The tea improves hair and skin condition, helps with weight loss, controls blood sugar.

Another Twist of the Blue Tea

Add a few lemon slices, your beautiful blue color tea will change to purple instantly. It will be very delicious with lemon zest flavors.

Mix with milk or heavy cream  and you will have a beautiful blue latte.

Butterfly Pea Flower Powder

Now you can have butterfly pea flower extract in powder if it is difficult to find the fresh ones in your area.

There are many brands available in the e-commerces stores. I like this one, the color and taste is almost the same as the fresh one.

Side Effects

Even though there are only few side effects of these flowers, you still have to be careful, especially if you are allergy prone.

If you are allergic to butterfly pea flowers, the most common side effects will be nausea and upset stomach.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Recipe

  • 30-50 pcs dried butterfly pea flower
  • 3-5 stalks lemongrass stalks
  • 3-4 pcs pandan leaves 
  • 200 gr rock sugar
  • 5 litre water

Instructions

  • Wash clean the pandan leaves and lemongrass stalks. Cut them in shorter form.
  • You can use either dried form of butterfly pea flower or the freshly picked ones. They are both the same and will generate the same amount of beautiful blue color and taste.
  • Boil 5 liter of water in a pot. Put in the lemongrass stalks, pandan leaves, butterfly pea flowers, and rock sugar.
  • Let it boil until the pandan leaves change colors.
  • Sieve and let it cool completely.
  • Transfer to a bottle and keep refrigerated for 3-5 days.
  • Serve with ice cubes and/or lemon slices.
  • Please note that when you put in some lemon slices, the color and taste will be different. It is up to your preference.
  • Enjoy!

Things to Note

  • Butterfly pea flowers are different from purple hibiscus or blue spirulina, even though the color is almost the same.

  • You can use dried pandan leaves, dried lemongrass stalks, and dried butterfly pea flowers if you can’t find the freshly picked ones. The flavors will be the same.

FAQs

Q: Is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea safe for everyone?

A: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is generally safe for most people when consumed in moderation. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider before consumption.

Q: How does Butterfly Pea Flower Tea taste compared to other herbal teas?

A: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has a unique earthy flavor that is mildly sweet and woody, reminiscent of green tea but without the bitterness. Its subtle taste makes it a great base for blending with other flavors like mint, lemongrass, or ginger.

Q: Can I grow Butterfly Pea Flowers at home for tea-making?

A: Yes, you can grow Butterfly Pea Flowers at home if you have a suitable climate (tropical or subtropical). The plant needs plenty of sunlight, moderate watering, and well-drained soil. Once the flowers bloom, you can harvest them to dry and use for making tea. The flowers bloom more in cool temperature.

Q: What are some creative ways to incorporate Butterfly Pea Flower Tea in dishes?

A: Aside from brewing it as a tea, the vibrant blue color of the Butterfly Pea Flower makes it perfect for natural food coloring in rice dishes, desserts, and cocktails. It’s also used in making blue ice cubes, jellies, or as a garnish in various culinary creations.

If you like herbal tea, I have several recipes using exotic herbal like Lemongrass Tea.

Other beverage that you might like:

butterfly pea flower recipe

BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Butterfly pea flower tea that is not only beautiful but also refreshing and stress-reducing!

Ingredients

  • 30-50 pcs dried butterfly pea flower tea
  • 3-5 stalks lemongrass
  • 3-4 pcs pandan leaves
  • 200 gr rock sugar
  • 5 litre water

Instructions

  1. Wash clean the pandan leaves and lemongrass stalks. Cut them in shorter form.
  2. You can use either dried form of butterfly pea flower or the freshly picked ones. They are both the same and will generate the same amount of beautiful blue color and taste.
  3. Boil 5 liter of water in a pot. Put in the lemongrass stalks, pandan leaves, butterfly pea flowers, and rock sugar.
  4. Let it boil until the pandan leaves change colors.
  5. Sieve and let it cool completely.
  6. Transfer to a bottle and keep refrigerated for 3-5 days.
  7. Serve with ice cubes and/or lemon slices.
  8. Please note that when you put in some leomn slices, the color and taste will be different. It is up to your preference.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

If you can't find the fresh ingredients, you can always use dried butterfly pea flowers, dried lemongrass stalks, and dried pandan leaves. They will create the same taste as the fresh ones.

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