Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers
This powder is made by finely grinding dried butterfly pea flowers (Clitoria ternatea aka blue pea, Asian pigeonwings). These unique blue-purple flowers have an ability to color liquids. Steep this powder in just-boiled water, and it’ll quickly turn it a striking blue color.
Even more exciting, if you add an acidic ingredient (like lemon or lime juice, vinegar, etc), that color will quickly shift to a gorgeous purple.
Butterfly pea flowers are traditionally used to make tea (together with other ingredients, like spices), and. The colored water can also be used to cook rice to impart color, or can be frozen into ice cubes.
Store butterfly pea flower powder in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place.
RECIPES & TIPS
Steep 10 butterfly tea flowers in two cups of just-boiled water to impart a mild vegetal flavor and a bold blue color. This water can be flavored with honey or sugar and spices to make a more complex tea.
Stir in a squeeze of lemon, lime, or a few drops of vinegar to turn this blue liquid a royal purple color.
These flowers’ coloring and color shifting abilities can be used for dramatic effect in beverages like tea or cocktails prepared tableside.
This colored water can also be used to make interesting ice cubes or as the cooking liquid for rice to impart color.