This Blue Tea is not something new or recently discovered. Originated in South East Asia, this has been around for ages. It is made, not with leaves as common teas are, but with the blue flowers of Clitorea ternatea plant or the Butterfly Pea.
Butterfly pea has other names. It is also called blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea, or Asian pigeonwings. This Blue Tea is made of infused or seeped dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and gives that rich blue color to the tea. It also produces a sweet-smelling aroma. Thus, this tea is one of the Tisanes or herbal tea. The beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold.
This is popular in Thailand and Vietnam, but you can also find this in Taiwan, Malaysia, and other Asian countries. In fact, in India, it is regarded as a holy flower and used in daily puja rituals. Today, it is continuously spreading around the globe. Though it is hard to find in some countries or part of the countries, they can easily buy online.
Before I forget, I’m going to put this on the list to be one of the Gifts of Tea. I have friends who loves herbal teas and this one is great as a gift, too.
What is special about Blue Tea?
There are Green, Black, white, and a lot more colorful teas. Each has its own specialties. Blue Tea is no exception, and possibly better than the others.
According to some experts and researchers, there are a lot of health benefits found in drinking Blue Tea. I did some research about this tea as I am very interested in it.
Here are some of the things I learned… and I fell in love even more with this tea!
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Aids in Weight Loss
- It has Anti-Aging Properties
- Regulates Blood sugar level
- Prevents premature hair loss
- It has anti-inflammatory properties
- Prevents and treats Fatty Liver
- Boosts Immune system
- It is effective against anxiety, stress, and depression
- Better eyesight
- Better brain function
- Can lower the risk of cancer
- Healthier and glowing skin
- Reduces susceptibility to heart disease by improving blood circulation
What I also like about the Blue Tea is, it changes the color when the pH level changes. Such as when I added lemon juice, the color changes from blue to purple. Lovely, isn’t it?
Here is how to make the Blue Tea
If you are one of those who were able to grow the Butterfly Pea vine, you are so lucky. You can use the fresh bright blue flowers. And by the way, there are varieties with single petals and double petals and white in color, too.
For the basic, there are only 2 Ingredients. These are 1/2 cup of Butterfly Pea flowers and a cup of water. Sugar or sweetener of your choice is optional.
To make the tea, boil the water first, then add the dry butterfly pea until the water gets colored.
Add the sugar or your choice of sweetener as desired.
Remove from the stove and allow the tea to cool down.
Enjoy your tea alone or with some light snacks.
From the flowers of Butterfly Pea, this Blue Tea become popular not only because of the bright blue color but also because of the surprising health benefits
- 1/2 cup Butterfly Peas
- 1 Cup Water
- Sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)
Boil the water in a pot add the dry butterfly pea until the water gets colored.
Add sugar, as desired.
Remove from the stove and allow the tea to cool.
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