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- 1 Enjoy the Beauty and
- 2 Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
- 3 BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA – The Details
- 4 BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA BREWING GUIDE
- 5 My Favorite Butterfly Pea Flower for Tea
- 6 HOW TO MAKE HOT BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA PROPERLY
- 7 HOW TO MAKE ICED BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA
- 8 BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA TIPS
Enjoy the Beauty and
Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
The benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower tea include a host of potent antioxidants. Studies prove this tea helps prevent premature aging of our skin by fighting against glycation, which is protein damage caused by an influx of sugar molecules.
However, more than just our skin benefits from this beautiful and flavorful tea. Additional studies indicate that it fights internal inflammation. In fact, many people use the tea to help treat general pain, inflammation, and to help with some common eye issues, such as conjunctivitis. Still, others use it to fight some types of cancer and prevent and treat dementia.
Many find that one of the best benefits of butterfly pea flower tea comes from a feeling of increased energy and general well-being.
To Get this Flavor and Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea,
You Need To Make it Properly
Butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal tea, or a tisane drink, that naturally turns blue when steeped in water. See how to make this beautiful drink and how to find your favorite color variation.
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA – The Details
- Butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal drink made from dried butterfly pea flowers steeped in water.
- It’s naturally caffeine-free.
- Comes from the Butterfly pea flower, Clitoria ternatea , a native to Southeast Asia.
- Butterfly pea flowers are a deep blue color, tinged with purple. These colors seep into the tea water producing the unique color and flavor.
- Blue or purple? The color changes with the pH level. To change it, simply add an acid, such as lemon juice. You control the color and tint by the amount of acid added.
- Butterfly pea tea contains important antioxidants to protect your body’s cells from damage.
RELATED: Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
Ingredients & Supplies
- Butterfly Pea Flowers (loose) or (bags)
- Water: Use fresh cold water. Depending on your water supply, you might want to use filtered water.
- Lemon: Optional, but use if you wish to add flavor and adjust the color.
- Teapot for hot or cold brew; can use cold brew pot for cold.
- Tea Strainer (if using loose flowers)
- Tea Kettle with temperature setting (for hot tea)
- Ice (cold brew only)
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA BREWING GUIDE
TO MAKE HOT BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA
TEA: 1.5 teaspoons loose butterfly pea flowers or 1 tea bag
WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.) (see note above regarding water)
WATER TEMPERATURE: 208°F
STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
TO MAKE COLD BREW BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA
TEA: 1.5 teaspoons loose butterfly pea flowers or 1 tea bag
WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: Cold water (see note above regarding water)
STEEP TIME: 12 hours (overnight)
My Favorite Butterfly Pea Flower for Tea
I prefer the loose flowers; I choose the amount I use each time. They also provide me with decorative flowers to use in baking and to garnish dishes.
However, if you prefer the convenience of a tea bag, I’ve found these work well, too.
HOW TO MAKE HOT BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA PROPERLY
STEP 1: Boil water.
Water quality is important with tea. The better the water, the better the cup of tea. Use filtered water if possible.
If you’re using an electric kettle with a temperature setting as I do, set it to 208°F. If not, just use boiling hot water.
Boil extra water so that you can use it to warm up the teapot.
STEP 2: Warm up your teapot.
Pour some hot water into the and swirl it around a bit to warm it up. Discard water.
When the teapot is warm, the tea won’t cool down as fast while it’s brewing.
STEP 3: Put butterfly pea flower tea into your teapot and add hot water.
STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
The minimum steep time for herbal tea is 5 minutes. You can steep for longer without the tea getting bitter, unlike green tea.
STEP 5: Strain butterfly pea flowers and pour hot tea into a teacup.
You can add lemon slices into your drink and watch the color change from blue to purple.
HOW TO MAKE ICED BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA
Iced tea provides another way to enjoy the benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea.
My favorite way to make butterfly pea flower tea is iced with a lemon. And the best way to make it iced tea is to cold-brew it!
STEP 1: Put butterfly pea flower tea and cool water in a pitcher or glass container.
Our tip: If you make cold brew often, get a that comes with an infuser. It makes it super easy to make iced tea. This one also doubles for making flavored water, lemonade, and more.
STEP 2: Cover the pitcher and put in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
You can steep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
STEP 3: Strain out butterfly pea flowers and pour tea into a cup.
We add ice cubes to our cold brew tea when serving. However, we consider the ice optional.
STEP 4: Sweeten your tea (optional)
I prefer unsweet tea; hubby prefers his sweet.
Of course, you might want to use granulated sugar. If so, we recommend pre-mixing it to make a liquid syrup. Liquid sugar blends more readily into your beverage.
To create a liquid sugar, mix the desired amount of sugar with hot water until the sugar completely dissolves. For instance, if you need 2 tablespoons of liquid sugar, use 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir into 2 tablespoons of very hot water.
When the sugar dissolves, you have a liquid sugar that mixes easily into your cold brew tea. In fact, this liquid sugar works well for hot and cold beverages.
The Color Change
Once you’ve made the tea, add some lemon juice or lemon slices to see it change color.
It turns from a beautiful blue hue to a simply delightful purple!
A change in the pH level from the acid in the lemon or juice causes the color change. Experiment with varying amounts of lemon. Which flavor do you prefer? Which color and tone?
While this might seem fun for children, and it is, adults also enjoy experimenting to find just the right color and flavor combination. You might offer this challenge at your next get-together!
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA TIPS
- Butterfly pea flower tea isn’t as tricky to make as black or green tea in that it doesn’t get bitter if you brew it for too long.
- Many people find that Butterfly pea flower tea on its own doesn’t taste too great. However, adding lemon or honey changes the flavor to one that many prefer.
- Use butterfly pea flower and lemonade to make a pretty and great-tasting drink.
Questions about the beauty and
benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
What does it taste like?
You might not love the taste at first. That’s fairly common. The earthy and woody flavor presents some taste issues for most people. However, add a little lemon, lime, or sweetener, and the flavor emerges in a much different way.
Is there caffeine?
Butterfly pea flower tea contains no caffeine. (see our note under “real tea” below)
What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags?
Loose butterfly pea flowers contain the best quality dried flowers. Tea sachets are good to OK quality. And, while manufacturers use the lower quality flowers to make the tea bags, the quality is usually ok.
My preference is still for the loose tea flowers. The flavor seems to be the smoothest. And let’s be honest, I like those gorgeous flowers!
Is butterfly pea flower tea a real tea?
Technically, no. The flower used to make Butterfly pea flower tea comes from the clitoria ternatea plant, not the camellia sinensis. So it’s not a real tea.
In general, herbal teas are tisanes, not teas. Real tea is tea made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Black, oolong, green, and white tea are all real or true tea. But for the purposes of discussions and even of enjoying, we group the tisanes in with the true teas.
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benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea,
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