Things to know about Butterfly Blue Pea
Dried flowers of the Clitoria are used for tea ternatea , also blue clitoris or butterfly pea, infused. In the tropical regions of Asia, which offer optimal growth conditions, the lepidopteran is considered a valuable medicinal plant.
The caffeine-free herbal tea tastes slightly sour, slightly sweet and is very thirst-quenching. Its taste is described as earthy and woody – similar to a green tea. Due to its valuable ingredients, it is said to have some health effects. The various fruit acids such as hibiscus acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and citric acid should be mentioned in particular. Because these are involved in the processes of cell metabolism.
The peculiarity of the tea is its ability to change its color depending on the pH. Freshly brewed blue tea glows intensely cobalt blue. With the addition of a few drops of lemon juice, it takes on a bright purple and finally pink color.
When preparing cocktails, the instant color change is used as a surprise effect. In Southeast Asia, however, they have been used as coloring agents for centuries, for example in the Thai dessert ” Pulut Inti” or in the Malaysian ” Kuhi ketane”.