Aparajita, Shankupushpam or Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

by Shobha Hegde
Butterfly pea flower Tea

Herbal Tea, Super high on Antioxidants, Natural Immunity Booster, Chemical-free, Dairy-Free, Mesmerising Brilliant Blue.

What is Butterfly pea flower?

Butterfly Pea PlantPlant species belonging to the family Fabaceae. Indian name Aparajita or Shankupushpam. Butterfly-pea flower as Asian pigeonwings, blue-bellvine, blue pea and Darwin pea. Butterfly pea flower is grown as an ornamental plant. Requires little care. In India, this holy flower used in puja rituals. I never knew that these flowers had many health benefits in my childhood days. After the puja is being performed, threw them into the trash bin. I have seen these plants grown as a vine or creeper. Elegant feature of this plant is its flower. Since I have realised the importance, features and benefits of the flower. Dry and store them in an airtight container and use as and when required.

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

 

What is Blue Tea?

Herbal Blue Tea prepared using Butterfly-pea flower known as Blue Tea. It has been in the market for ages. You can create magic tricks out of this tea. Seeping dried butterfly-pea flower in water gives Indigo blue colour. Add Lemon, the colour turns to purple and Hibiscus flower petals added turns red colour. Amazing colour-changing tea. Natural food colour for sweet and savoury dishes. No artificial colours, hard to believe, comes from nature. Changing from rich blue to vibrant magenta right before your very eyes!

Brew Blue Tea at homeButterfly pea flower Tea

When I add lemon to this tea call it Butterfly Pea Lemonade. Brewing tea in an earthen teapot is good. Recommended not to use metal utensils to avoid loss of healing properties. Simple to make need a glass of hot water, add some dried butterfly pea flowers. Let it steep for 15mins. Add sweetener of your choice and cinnamon powder to enhance flavour. I like natural sweetener added honey or maple syrup. Add lemon juice to the water. Drink hot/ cold. Adding crushed ice. Stir it well before drinking. The Blue flower contains a high concentration of blue-violent plant pigment called anthocyanin. It starts with blue, changes to purple and then magenta the more acidic its environment. Red cabbage has similar features. Steeped red cabbage gives a similar magic lemonade.

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.

Lin Yutang

How to drink of blue pea tea

A sip through your hot cup at least one hour before and after meals will inhibit glucose intake from the diet, lower blood sugar. A cup of Butterfly Pea Tea every day can help reduce fatigue and bring about a sense of calm. The Scientist has proved that the flowers have Anti-cancer properties. It tastes earthy and woody, unlike green tea.

Health Benefits

  • Rich in natural Antioxidants. Cleans arteries reduce your vulnerability to cardiovascular diseases
  • Eye Care/ Eye Health. Increases blood flow in eyes nourish skin and hair.
  • Effective against Stress, Anxiety and depression. Stress-busting, reduce anxiety, mood enhancer, relaxes nerves enable good night sleep, —additionally.
  • Good for brain and health. Boost brainpower increases memory and good for the central nervous system.
  • Natural Colourant. Extra-ordinary ability to change colour. Consumed hot paired with Lemonade or other Cold brews. Worldwide used in cocktails and mocktails.

No Oven Red Rice Cakes ChaatBlue tea is a caffeine-free and good alternative to tea and coffee. Needless to say, now I’m compulsive with the natural colouring possibilities. This is a treat for a guest at the party. Easy to prepare for a crowd. Let the guests pour and have hands-on experience first and surprise. It’s fun for kids. Adults and children will watch in awe. Premixing will ruin the fun. Self-experience is the best joy ever to happiness.

Bon Appétit!

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Amirthavarshini V Jan 31, 2021 - 3:30 pm

Shobha I tried with a few fresh leaves and the taste was amazing.. I think I should add more flowers to get the exact colour as yours. Plan to try next time. Will post my comments here…
I love all your recipes so pl keep sharing dear

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Amirthavarshini V Jan 31, 2021 - 3:31 pm

I used flowers not leaves… removed the green portion and leaves …

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Shobha Hegde Jan 31, 2021 - 3:54 pm

I’m glad you tried and shared your experience here . Love to hear more from you 😍👍

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