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Butterfly pea flower tea: The secret of blue tea

2 Min Read | September 17, 2018

Blue tea is a concoction unlike any other. Made from the leaves of the butterfly pea flower, blue tea is actually a tisane, meaning it isn’t composed of the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant required for a drink to be called “tea.” This herbal drink has been enjoyed for centuries across Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other nations along the Pacific Rim, and is now reaching beyond borders to a global audience excited to experience the unique elixir.

What is blue tea?

Strictly speaking, blue tea isn’t always blue. Its most extraordinary characteristic is its ability to change color as its pH rises and falls. So, if an acidic ingredient like lemon juice is added, it deepens into a violet hue, and if a base like hibiscus is added, it turns bright red. This phenomenon is due to the sensitivity of the leaves found on the butterfly pea flower, whose proper botanical name is Clitoria Ternatea. Also referred to as “pigeon wing,” the plant is indigenous to Southeast Asia, where its extract is popular not just in tea, but in desserts and cocktails as well, thanks to its tendency to react like a mood ring and “perform” for spectators.

Health benefits of blue tea

Rich in antioxidants, blue tea is touted for its ability to tackle free radicals in the body, slowing some signs of the aging process and providing a boost to the immune system. The leaves of the butterfly tea flower are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, and the tisane’s lack of caffeine and calories make it an ideal beverage for those who are sensitive to stimulants and managing their daily caloric intake.

Made from the leaves of the butterfly pea flower, blue tea is actually a tisane, meaning it isn’t composed of the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant required for a drink to be called “tea.”

How to make blue tea

Since blue tea is a tisane, it can be prepared exactly as a chamomile, rooibos or other herbal blend would:

  1. Heat the water to 208 degrees Fahrenheit (just below boiling)
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water
  3. Pour the heated water over the tea and steep for five minutes or longer
  4. Enjoy!

In Vietnam and Thailand, it’s often served as an after-dinner drink called nam dok anchan, with a touch of honey and lemon for added flavor (and color).

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