Afterwards, she would serve us the concoction and we would happily gulp it down, believing that it was some kind of magic potion!
I didn't know then that the 'magic potion' was actually tea made from an infusion of the Butterfly Pea flower. I had long forgotten about this purple limenade until a recent visit to Cousin R who was back for a holiday from Ohio. She was picking the blue flowers in her mom's garden when we dropped in. She was going to dry the flowers and bring them back to the States. According to her, Butterfly Pea beverages have started to hit American shelves and people just can't get enough of it!
Photos like the ones below are popping up on Pinterest and Instagram.
Aren't these pretty! Don't they just scream SUMMER?!
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The Malays and Peranakan use the Butterfly Pea as a natural blue dye for cakes, rice and dumplings.
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The 'magic' (science!) lies in the deep blue petals of the Butterfly Pea flower. Once steeped, the liquid changes colour based on the pH level. So adding an acid like lime juice is what causes it to turn bright purple, or violet.
A beautiful drink to make
5 Reasons why you should drink this tea
1. It is rich in anti-oxidants
2. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties
3. It boosts collagen production, increasing skin elasticity. SOLD!
4. It improves vision as the anthocyanins promote blood circulation helping the eyes to adjust to changes in light conditions. Also, it could be an excellent preventive aid for cataracts, retinal damage, and eye infections.
5. It promotes healthy and luscious hair growth
I like my Butterfly Pea tea warm with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey.
|Butterfly Pea Lemonade - Naturally purple and refreshing
A glass of hot water
6 butterfly pea flowers
Ice if you like it cold
Honey or sugar to taste
A slice of lemon
Drop the Butterfly Pea flowers into a glass of hot water. Steep for a few minutes until the water turns blue. Add the sugar or honey, followed by a squeeze of lemonade. Add ice and stir.
Have you tried Butterfly Pea beverages? What do you think?