History and Origins
The butterfly pea is believed to have originated from South America and Asia. Brought to India in the 17th century; then to Europe and much later to the tropics. The Clitoria Ternatea plant is popularly used in Thai restaurants and spas by the name “Nam Dok Anchan”.
The blue pea flowers are commonly used as dyes. Also known as ‘Blue Tea’ this beautiful sapphire-colored infusion is a completely caffeine-free tisane (herbal infusion). It is also called Aprajita or Asian Pigeonwings.
Commonly found in most South-East Asian countries, this plant has been used for hundreds of years to make herbal tea. The flowers of this plant have been used to make dye for a long time.
The holistic science of Ayurveda has backed Shankhpushpi or Butterfly Pea Flower-this old Ayurvedic spice is known to treat different Doshas like Vatta and Pitta (energy of development and absorption). The juice of the flowers is used to treat inflamed eyes. Blue Tea is known for its amazing property-changing color according to the pH. For example, when added, lemon juice turns the blue drink to a purple shade and acidic substances turn it red.
Extremely popular among mixologists for its color-changing properties, this tea is used in many cocktails and mocktails like the famous “Mood Ring” cocktails.
Here at Ono Teas, we have created a pure, bright blue blend that can be served hot or iced and can also be used to create new amazing cocktails. Would you like to learn more about the rich history and origins of the Butterly Bluepea Tea? Do check out our detailed blog.