802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower
802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower
802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower
802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower
802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower

802 Blue Butterfly Pea flower

Tea in Motion

Blue, blue, blue.....

These dark blue flowers are the color for this summer!

This vine from Yunnan, China, also goes by the names: Blue Kittel flower, Butterfly pea flower, Shanka Pushi, Bleuchai or Asian pigeon wings. Used there as a natural dye in rice, tea, fruit juice or cocktails. We can do that too! Color your light tea with it, use it in a mocktail or make a blue sugar syrup to sweeten iced tea! Or rice, noodles... the possibilities are endless

When this blue color comes in contact with acid, it turns purple/pink! This flower is naturally rich in the antioxidant proanthocyanidin

Sugar syrup: heat 100 ml of water, 100 grams of sugar and bring to a boil. Add a few flowers for the blue color

The Clitroia ternatea is a climbing plant that can grow as high as 3- 4 meters and is native to the tropical areas of China, where, with sufficient water, the plant produces the magical blue flowers exuberantly daily and all year round.
In the dry season, with insufficient water, the plant loses all its leaves but is capable of remaining dry for at least another month. With the first rain, the plant recovers and, over time, produces more and more flowers.

A flower is finished blooming after two days, after which it starts to form a pod. The flowers contain a dye called anthocyanin pigment. A water-soluble pigment which goes from basic blue (e.g. water) to acidic (e.g. lemon) pink at a Ph change!

At the family nursery, the ripe flowers are picked (by hand) every day in the early morning and then they are dried on wire mesh racks in a tunnel greenhouse in 3 - 4 days. (The tunnel cabinets are closed so that no pests can disturb the drying process).
An average of 13000 flowers are needed for one KG of (dried) flowers.
  • Origin: China, Yunnan
  • Cultivar: Clitoria ternatea
  • Infusion: Blue in alkaline liquid and pink in acidic liquid
  • Aroma: Mild
  • Flavor: Earthy, forest, black tea
  • Caffeinated: No
  • Organic: No

Recipe: 3-4 flowers | 200ml soft water | 100℃ | 10-15 minutes

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