Butterfly Pea Flower Tea – A tea for the eyes or a feast for the eyes?
You have heard the sentence “A feast for the eyes”. This indubitably shows one could derive great pleasure by looking at something that is attractive, pleasing and desirable. Certainly, in our context, there is nothing that could get our brains quite as excited as the sight of a visually appealing, well, I mean food. Beverages alike.
In the course of my tea concocting work, if there is one ingredient I have to single out for its ability to contribute to the mesmerising appearance of tea that could be considered a feast for the eyes, it has to be butterfly pea flowers. Butterfly Pea is a pan tropical plant, which means it can be found throughout all the tropical regions of the world, though it is native to Southeast Asia. It is also known by many other names such as Blue Pea, Blue Vine, Pigeon Wings, and so on.
The deep blue colour pigment of the flower has been used as a natural dye for our Nonya kueh and rice dumpling. More recently, it is making a splash in beverages. Its ability to change colour with adjusted PH level has made it popular in a great array of beverages.
Check this video to experience the magical change in tea colour by adding lemon:
While we enjoy the lovely appearance and entertaining effects the Butterfly Pea flower tea brings, let us not forget about its underlying health benefits. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is known to carry, just to name a few, memory enhancing, anti-stress, anti-depressant, tranquillising, and sedative properties. It is also packed with antioxidants which help to slow down our aging process. Of the antioxidants it contains, Anthocyanin has been shown to help enhance night vision and overall vision by protecting the eyes from free radical damage.
Did I mention that Butterfly Pea flower tea is caffeine-free too? Pamper yourself with the tea before sleep and reap its marvellous benefits. Look no further, and as with all other dried herbs and teas, get the Butterfly Pea flower tea from trustworthy sources and make it a part of your daily beauty and wellness ritual today!