I didn’t know there was such a thing as the butterfly pea flower until I started seeing all those beautiful, bright blue coloured smoothies on Instagram and wondering how they were made. This blue flower native to Thailand is nothing short of magical; if you boil it in some water, it not only releases the most amazing fragrance, but it also turns your tea a lovely shade of blue. 🙂
I recently tried a organic blue tea mix by BlueChai containing butterfly pea flowers, lemongrass, cinnamon and other yummy spices (really loved their wooden tea box). Boiled 2 tsp of tea blend in some water, added 1 tsp of agave syrup and ended up with a delish hot drink. And by just adding a touch of lemon, the colour of the tea turns from blue to pink. Magic in a mug! 🙂
Aside from their fragrant blue tea, BlueChai also sell a variety of organic natural food dyes. I personally tried the Red Matcha (hibiscus powder), and the Blue Matcha (butterfly pea powder). I highly recommend the Red Matcha – hibiscus flavoured smoothies are a dream. The Blue Matcha is great as a food dye; as far as flavour goes, I found it a bit underwhelming.
The dyes come in beautiful bamboo tubes, which I love. The only drawback is that you really need to be careful when opening them, especially when the tube is full as the lid can get stuck.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with the tea & food dyes by BlueChai – fragrant, and fun to play around with!
To find out more about BlueChai, check out their site here.