Tropical Fridays…Butterfly Pea Flower Tea…

Welcome to the slightly different fruity Friday…It’s Tropical Friday and today it’s the incredible Butterfly Pea Flower…

A caffeine-free alternative to green or black tea…

In Thailand, you’ll find it in vivid blue cocktails or as a deep purple beverage. It’s also what gives an enticing lavender shade to creative sticky rice that partners with mangoes on a dessert menu.

Since the old days, the flower has been used widely for strengthening hair and eyebrows, as a natural colourant in food and desserts or as an edible accompaniment with Nam Prik (a chilli paste).

To make Butterfly Pea tea…

Butterfly Pea Flowers Dried

First, rinse the tea with hot water and warm the pot and cups.

You will require about 2 tsp of Butterfly Pea flowers for every 300 ml of hot water (80c-95c) the water should be just under the boiling point.

Infuse the Butterfly pea flowers for 2-4 minutes for the 1st and 2nd brew gradually increase the brewing time for subsequent brews…I use my tea generally 3 times sometimes 4 depending on the tea and your taste.

Butterfly pea tea in a pot

I just love the beautiful blue colour of this tea as it is so pretty especially cold in a glass on a sunny day.

If you add a drop of lemon juice then it changes the colour to a lovely purple…

Will the blue butterfly pea flower tea stain my teeth? Bluechai teas will not stain your teeth in any way. The anthocyanins contained in the butterfly pea flowers are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear blue or pink depending on the pH.

One of the most prominent benefits of drinking blue tea is that it has a lot of antioxidants. These powerful bio-compounds help the body fight free radicals which are toxic and cause premature ageing. It is a good idea to detox the body once in a while with an antioxidant-rich drink like butterfly pea tea.

It also makes a refreshing cold drink,  I sometimes keep a jug in the fridge to sip during the day…it can be sweetened with honey if required or add some dried/fresh lemongrass with the infusion…it is a caffeine-free alternative to green or black tea.

I have been drinking this tea for the last five years since living here and sometimes I am lucky to be able to buy the fresh flowers on the market…This video shows you how to make a lovely cold drink from the fresh flowers…Lily loves this…


Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed learning about the beautiful butterfly pea flower or maybe you are familiar with it already.

Until tomorrow when I will be back with Saturday Snippets …x

34 thoughts on “Tropical Fridays…Butterfly Pea Flower Tea…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Not to me, DSorothy as here I am used to finding g unusual drinks and foods to what I am used to but I can see how you might think that is such a beautiful colour 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes you can , Sally I use both… if I can get a tree for my garden I will although they are easy to come by sold everywhere here… I haven’t been out to any gardens centres for a while now like most of us…:) xx

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I have your address, Sally just can’t read your writing for the name or number of the house its cheap as chips here I will pop some in the post for you…just PM me…Yes it is certainly full of lots of good things Hugs xx

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I’m sure kids would love this. It seems like it’s a fairly time-consuming process, but I’ll bet your granddaughter thinks it’s great.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      She does, Pete and it really isn’t that time consuming if you do ice cubes the night before then your ready go for a couple days until they run out…:) x

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    I would certainly love those blue flowers in my garden and what a dream for cocktail creaters. I think we have been stuck on the idea for many years that tea is tea, but tea is just one plant of many that you can make infusions with.

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