Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is commonly referred to as Blue Tea or Blue Pea Tea. This tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea, or tisane ( a beverage made from decoction or infusion of flower petals, in this case whole flower of the Clitoria Ternatea plant). Clitoria Ternatea is generally referred to as butterfly-pea, blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea, Blue Pea Flower or Asian pigeonwings. Derived from a plant that’s common to most South-East Asian countries, Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has been used for hundreds of years but only recently has been introduced to tea drinkers outside the indigenous areas. Butterfly pea flower tea gains its distinctive shade of colour from the deep blue colour of the petals that have made the plant a well-liked dye for hundreds of years. One of the magical aspects of this tea is that it’s concoction changes colour based on the pH levels of the substances added into its concoction. For example, adding lemon juice to the tea will turn it purple. As a result they are very popular among mixologists who use it to make many cocktails and mocktails Mood Ring cocktail. Clitoria Ternatea flowers or Blue Pea tea flowers are generally used for their observed medicinal properties in Ayurveda.
The holistic science of Ayurveda has backed Shankhpushpi or Butterfly Pea Flower in various Rasayanas or Formulations. This Butterfly Pea Flower tea has been in use as a traditional medicine for ages. It is made from the “Clitoria Ternatea” plant and has been traditionally served in Thai spas by the name of ‘Nam Dok Anchan’. Its name “Blue Pea Tea” is due to its beautiful Sapphire colour when infused in water.
A unique attribute of this tea is its colour changing ability. The blue colour of the tea changes to deep violet or purple when mixed with lemon or any other citric fruit and changes to red if mixed with an acidic substance. Butterfly Pea Flower can be used in making blue latte, lemonades and can also be used as a natural food colouring agent.