What is blue butterfly pea flower?Butterfly pea flower is actually a legume and a member of the pea family. It's a vine (climber) that creates fruits from which deep blue blooms emerge. Native to South Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia, these flowers are rich in anthocyanins, water-soluble pigments that give this botanical its deep blue color. In addition to it’s breathtaking color, the blue butterfly pea flower offers countless wellness benefits.
What are the butterfly pea flower’s benefits?Butterfly pea flower is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that offers benefits way beyond turning your drink blue. It’s filled with anti-inflammatory compounds that help our bodies fight back against free radicals and is a natural nootropic, meaning it supports cognitive function.
How does the butterfly pea flower change colors?After steeping, the infusion of butterfly pea flower can change to a spectrum of purple, violet, magenta or other variations, depending on the pH of what it is mixed with. For example, just a few drops of something acidic – such as lemon – transforms it to a rich violet. For additional color variations, experiment mixing steeped butterfly pea flower with any of these ingredients:
- Extra water or seltzer
- Other citrus juice or forms of lemon (try slices instead of juice)