Butterfly Pea Flowers (Organic)

From R100/jar or R313 per bulk 100g

Butterfly Pea Flower’s 

Nature's Color Wizardry

Originating from the stunning wildflower in the pea family (Fabaceae), the Butterfly Pea Flower Powder is as enchanting as it sounds. While it's called the "butterfly pea," it's not butterflies that frequent it but rather the expanded banner of its large, showy purple flowers that resemble a butterfly. This tropical plant is native to Asia but can also be found in parts of Africa and South America. Known for its magical color-changing properties, this vibrant blue powder is derived from these beautiful flowers and has a rich history of use in Thai and Malaysian cuisines, lending its deep blue hue to sticky rice desserts, puddings, and exotic beverages.


Key Features & Benefits:

  • Vibrant blue color
  • Rich in antioxidants, especially anthocyanin
  • Traditional use in cuisines and herbal remedies
  • Color-changing properties
  • Versatile culinary ingredient
  • Rich in antioxidants to combat free radicals
  • Potential anti-inflammatory properties
  • Traditional use for cognitive enhancement
  • May aid digestion and reduce gut inflammation
  • Potential benefits for skin health
  • Adds natural, eye-catching color to dishes and drinks


Ingredients:

  • Butterfly pea flowers (Clitoria ternatea)


Usage/Dosage & Instructions:

  • For Butterfly Pea Flower Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried flowers to a cup and fill with hot water. Steep for 10–15 minutes, then strain. Enjoy hot or over ice.
  • For Culinary Applications: Use as a natural food coloring in drinks, desserts, cocktails, or as an herbal supplement. Experiment to achieve your desired color intensity.

 

Product Specifications:

  • R300 per 100g / R3,000 per kg
  • Packaging: Brown paper bag
  • Color: Vibrant blue


Precautions:

Allergies: While butterfly pea flowers are generally considered safe for consumption, individuals with allergies to flowers or legumes (peas and beans) should exercise caution. If you have known allergies to these botanical groups, it's wise to start with a small amount and monitor for any adverse reactions.

Pregnancy and Nursing: Pregnant or nursing women should approach the consumption of butterfly pea flowers or products containing butterfly pea flower powder with caution. There is limited research on the safety of butterfly pea flower during pregnancy and lactation, so it's best to consult with a healthcare provider before use.


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More amazing information:

The butterfly pea plant's scientific name, Clitoria ternatea, is derived from the shape of its flowers, which resemble female genitalia. Butterfly pea flowers are also known for their calming effects and are often used in traditional remedies for stress relief. When mixed with acidic substances like lemon or lime juice, the vibrant blue color transforms into a rich purple, creating visually stunning and Instagram-worthy drinks.

Butterfly Pea Flower Powder derives its mesmerizing blue color from the natural pigments called anthocyanins found abundantly in butterfly pea flowers. These anthocyanins aren't just responsible for the color wizardry but also offer potential health benefits. They are powerful antioxidants that help protect your body against the damaging effects of free radicals. Additionally, studies suggest that the compounds within butterfly pea flower powder may have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing inflammation in your body.

This versatile powder also has traditional uses in Ayurvedic medicine, where it's appreciated for its potential cognitive benefits, like enhancing memory and cognitive function. Furthermore, it may support digestive health by reducing gut inflammation and improving digestion. And that's not all; some intriguing research hints at potential skin benefits, such as reducing inflammation and defending against oxidative stress. Butterfly Pea Flower Powder is a natural wonder waiting to add vibrant color and potential health benefits to your culinary creations and beverages.


Recipes

Blue Pea Flower's Tea

  • 1 teaspoon dried butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Optional:
    • Lemon juice or lime juice
    • Honey
    • Hibiscus flowers (for color variation)


Butterfly Pea Flower Coconut Rice, a colorful and fragrant dish that's both delicious and visually stunning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried butterfly pea flowers
  • a dash of vanilla or hazelnut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional, for a slightly sweet flavor)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Butterfly Pea Flower Infusion:
    • In a small pot, bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil.
    • Add the dried butterfly pea flowers to the boiling water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
    • Strain the butterfly pea flower infusion into a bowl or cup, discarding the flowers. You'll be left with a deep blue liquid.
  2. Rinse and Soak the Rice:
    • Rinse the jasmine rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
    • Soak the rinsed rice in the butterfly pea flower infusion for about 20-30 minutes. This will give the rice its blue color.
  3. Cook the Rice:
    • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the rice, coconut milk, vanilla or hazelnut extract (if using), salt, and coconut sugar (if using).
    • Add the remaining butterfly pea flower infusion.
    • Stir everything together and bring it to a gentle simmer over low heat. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking.
    • Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed the liquid.
  4. Fluff and Serve:
    • Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it sit, covered, for another 10 minutes. This allows the rice to absorb any remaining moisture and become fluffy.
    • Use a fork to fluff the rice gently.
  5. Serve:
    • Transfer the Butterfly Pea Flower Coconut Rice to a serving dish.
    • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of flavor and color.

Enjoy your visually captivating and fragrant Butterfly Pea Flower Coconut Rice! This dish pairs wonderfully with a variety of main courses, particularly Asian or tropical-inspired dishes.

 

 More Amazing info:

It's a stunning wildflower in the pea family (Fabaceae). It is called the butterfly pea because it is a plant in the pea family, but surprisingly, it is not frequented by butterflies. Rather, the expanded banner looks like a butterfly. This is a large wildflower with one to three showy purple flowers that are up to two inches long.

The butterfly pea is rich in many antioxidants, and it is especially rich in anthocyanin, an antioxidant responsible for its color wizardry. Butterfly pea flowers are traditionally used in Thai and Malaysian cuisines to lend their deep blue color to sticky rice desserts and puddings. Aside from their distinctive blue hue and magical color-changing properties, butterfly pea flowers offer a few nutritional benefits. The flowers are praised for their calming and memory-boosting effects, skin and hair health, as well as many other health benefits.

Butterfly pea flowers can be enjoyed as an herbal tea, incorporated into sweets and puddings, used as the base for bright-blue beverages and cocktails, or even frozen into ice cubes for color-changing lemonade.

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