butterfly pea flower

whole
4.8
based on 43 reviews
pinch jar
0.3 oz
$4
refill
0.3 oz
$3
large refill
1.5 oz
$9
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whole
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When infused, these dark blue dried flowers lend their vibrant color to beverages, puddings and gelatinous rice dishes. Slightly earthy, but mostly unassuming in flavor, butterfly pea flower infusions have become popular in adding visual pop to teas, cocktails, and other alcohol infusions.

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

In Thailand and Vietnam an after dinner tea is made with steeped butterfly pea flower tea, honey, and lemon. Called nam dok anchan in Thai, this purple brew is also sometimes served iced at spas or hotels to welcome guests.
QUICK INFO
butterfly pea flower , whole
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
Dried butterfly pea flower is papery and delicate with deep blue-purple petals held by a light green calyx.
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
whole
BOTANICAL NAME
Clitoria ternatea
VOLUME
0.5 oz (14 g) per 1/2 cup
ORIGIN
China
BOTANICAL NAME
Clitoria ternatea
AKA
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.
USAGE HINT

Make a simple syrup of butterfly pea flowers ahead of time to use in cocktails or dessert syrups. Flavored simple syrups in an airtight container made with equal parts sugar and water can last for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, with exact freshness dates dependent on your process and ingredients.

QUICK FACT

Used in Malaysian funeral dishes to add blue which—along with white and black—is a color of mourning.

 
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