butterfly pea flower

powder
4.8
based on 9 reviews
try me sample
0.25 oz
75¢
pinch jar
2 oz
$6
refill
2 oz
$5
large refill
8 oz
$14
PACKAGING GUIDE
VARIANTS
whole
powder
Butterfly pea flower powder allows you to easily add the brilliant blue of this plant's flower to your dishes. A natural food colorant, this powder can be used in many sweet treats, conferring them with an alluring vibrancy of visual distinction. In addition to brightening smoothies or lattes, you can add it to puddings, eggs, ice cream, cakes, and breads.

Even when used mixed into foodstuffs, butterfly pea powder still retains its color-changing properties. Change the pH of your recipe with something that will increase acidity like citrus or carbonated beverages; the result will be a color shift from blue to pink-purple.
QUICK INFO
butterfly pea flower , powder
INGREDIENTS
Butterfly pea flowers
TASTING NOTES
Butterfly pea flower is very mild in its vegetal flavor akin to a lightly brewed green tea.
AROMA
Grassy sweet
CHARACTERISTICS
Soft purple-blue hued powder, that will yield a more electric blue color when mixed in light liquids or creamy food stuffs.
PAIRINGS
Fun to pair with other natural food colorants like hibiscus flower powder to create ombre drinks.
SUBSTITUTIONS
Blue Spirulina powder will achieve the same brilliant hue, but Spirulina since it is a blue-green algae it will also give your foods a seaweed flavor. Blue Spirulina also does not have the pH- color changing properties of butterfly pea flower.
USAGE
Primarily used as a natural food colorant in beverages like tea or cocktails. The infusion of these flowers is a bewitching blue hue.
PLANT PART
flower
PROCESSING / FORM
powder
BOTANICAL NAME
Clitoria ternatea
ORIGIN
China
BOTANICAL NAME
Clitoria ternatea
AKA
Blue matcha
Asian pigeonwings
bluebellvine
blue clitoria
blue pea vine
butterfly pea
cordofan pea
Native to tropical parts of Southeast Asia Clitoria ternatea is a climbing vine in the legume family. Its botanical name derives from its flower's purported resemblance to female genitalia. The color of its flowers, however, is a vivid blue, owing to the anthocyanins present in all tissues of this plant. It is this property that is often exploited as a natural coloring for use in beverages and food.

Even more exciting is the dramatic shift in color the compound displays when its pH is altered by something acidic, such as lemon juice. A butterfly pea flower infusion will turn from its brilliant blue to an impressive purple. For this reason it is a favorite in teas, and in showy cocktails.
CONFUSIONS

Even though the powder form of butterfly pea flower is sometimes called blue matcha, this powder has no Camellia sinensis (tea) in it. Green matcha, or just "matcha" is the powdered version of Camellia sinensis leaves. The use of the word "matcha" to describe butterfly pea flower powder is referring to its powdery consistency.

USAGE HINT

Adding lemon juice, or carbonated water will change the pH of a butterfly pea flower powder concoction, and therefore its color. Your concoction will change from brilliant blue to pink-purple.

QUICK FACT

Sometimes called blue matcha.

 
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