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Butterfly Pea Tea Recipe – Best Way To Make Thai Blue Tea

Butterfly pea tea or, more literally, flower of butterfly pea tea, is a simple and common drink throughout Thailand, where we call it Nahm Dok Anchan. You’ll learn how to make butterfly pea tea – it’s easy and looks and tastes great too!

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Southeast Asia is known for its use of natural remedies, some of which have dubious effects and some of which are now used worldwide. Ginseng and ginger, for example, have been used for centuries in Asia to improve health and well-being and are now widely used around the world.

Another healthy drink is our refreshing tropical fruit punch or perhaps another calorie-free soft drink recipe, cold brewed green jasmine tea or a pandan leaf based drink common in Thailand.

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Ingredients for the preparation of buttercup tea

A deliciously healthy butterfly blossom tea.

What is the official name for butterflies?

Papilionaceae have many different names. The official name of the plant is Clitoria ternatea. It is also known as blue pea and Asian pigeonpea and is a very common healthy drink in Southeast Asia.

Naturally growing butterfly tea

It is a climbing plant that grows easily in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand and Vietnam, where it is used for beverages and as a food coloring. Blue pea flowers are used to make blue flower tea.

The flowers are also dried and readily available in most countries. You can use dried butterfly flowers (available here) or fresh flowers to make the tea.

If you look at each of these beautiful flowers, you will understand the femininity of the first part of their formal name – but let’s not go into details.

Clitoria ternatea – beautiful blue pea flower used to make blue tea

What is butterfly tea?

Butterfly Pea is a beverage obtained by steeping the flowers of the butterfly pea plant in hot water, in the same way that ordinary tea is steeped to obtain tea. It can be drunk hot or cold and is regularly served in Thai hotels and upscale massage parlors.

If you use fresh flowers, be sure to remove the stalk and green leaves because if you leave them on, the tea will taste a little bitter.

If you are using dried flowers, you can skip this step.

Butterfly Pea Tea Concentrate – mix with water, soda or lemonade and plenty of ice

How to prepare your butterfly tea step by step

This blue tea is easy to make as you can see in the recipe below or follow our video in the recipe.

Hang in there and be surprised, but don’t leave the flowers too long or the taste will become strong and less pleasant – just like regular tea becomes strong if it sits in the teapot too long!

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What are the benefits of butterfly tea?

Blue tea has many health benefits, the best known of which are antioxidants and a balance that calms the digestive system.

Many people find that blue tea slightly boosts energy levels and increases alertness. For me it is better to drink it ice cold, but maybe that is because it is very hot in Thailand, at least where I live, in the middle of the country!

The flowers contain catechins, which are believed to speed up metabolism and help burn fat by increasing calories.

Besides the beautiful, addictive blue color of the drink, many people find that it also helps to improve mood.

Like green tea and regular tea, this drink is a mild diuretic that helps your urinary system get rid of excess water and may help reduce anxiety and regulate blood sugar, but there isn’t enough scientific evidence to confirm this yet.

Blue tea becomes red with the addition of lime juice

How many cups of butterfly blossom tea can you drink per day?

Butterfly blossom tea contains no caffeine, so it avoids what regular tea and, even worse, coffee do, making it the best alternative.

But, like anything, it must be consumed in moderation. I drink 3-5 glasses a day as part of my water intake because it’s kind of boring to just drink water all day.

In Thailand, the drink is served in hotel receptions, spas and massage parlors, is served after meals and added to various dishes. You will see that it is widely used.

I stress that I am not a doctor and have no medical training, but I can tell you that the general consensus is that 3-5 stitches per day or less is normal.

Anyway, variety is the spice of life, right?

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Butterfly tea recipe

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A video showing the preparation of this recipe is at the top of the page – handy link to the video below the description here.

Butterfly blossom tea is easy to make and changes color when you add lime juice, for an interesting effect and conversation starter at dinner. It is an excellent aid to digestion and has many health benefits.

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Cooking time 5 minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes

Total time 10 minutes

Drinks for the course

Thai cuisine

servings 6 cups

Calories 58 kcal

Concentration making

  • Boil water in a pan.
  • If using fresh flowers, while waiting for the water to boil, prepare the butterfly pea flowers by cutting off the green underside. If you use dried flowers, you can use them as they come.
  • When the water is boiling, turn off the gas, pour in the flowers and put the lid on the pan. Let the water stand for 5 minutes without heating it further (if you continue to boil the water, you will get a bitter taste).
  • When the 5 minutes are up, the tea concentrate turns into a pot.
  • While still warm, add honey and brown sugar and stir until dissolved (you can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less to taste).

Making a beautiful and magical potion

Calories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 15g Protein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated fat: 1gSodium: 33mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 120IU Vitamin C: 8mg Calcium: 22mg Iron: 0,2mg

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Frequently asked questions about butterfly tea or blue flower tea

Does butterfly blossom tea contain caffeine?

No. Butterfly blossom tea does not contain caffeine (or blue tea, as it is also known). Butterfly tea is plant-based and contains antioxidants that have a number of health benefits, including digestive health benefits.

Is butterfly tea safe?

Butterfly pea tea is safe to drink, but like everything else, it is discreet. Tea contains several vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C and even more vitamin C if you add lemon or lime and honey. It also contains antioxidants that make it very healthy.

It is widely consumed in Thailand with no side effects, so it can be considered safe in normal amounts. However, if you are pregnant, as a precaution, you should consult your doctor before using it.

How long should butterfly tea be soaked?

The butterfly tea should be steeped for about 5 minutes for best results. After 5 minutes, remove the flowers and enjoy a hot or cold drink with ice cubes to cool. Add lime or lemon and honey, and try adding baking soda instead of soda water. It’s a great summer drink and fun for kids.

What is the purpose of the butterfly plant?

The plant is used in holistic medicine, where the leaves are used as a poultice to reduce swelling and the root is crushed and made into juice to relieve catarrh and treat asthma.

But for me it is used to make tea, although I know others use it as a dye, especially to color ice cream and rice desserts.

Are there any side effects of butterfly tea?

I have never had any negative side effects from this drink and as I mentioned above, it is a common drink throughout Thailand.

If you are pregnant, you may need to consult your doctor if you want to drink it regularly.

I have no experience using this plant for medicinal purposes, and if you are considering it, please consult your doctor or an alternative health practitioner before using this plant.

Wikipedia – Clitoria Ternatea
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I really hope you enjoy this dish. If you do, I’d love to hear your comments, so come back and let me know how you liked it.

I am a Thai mother and I love to cook for my children. Over the years, I have adapted family recipes and borrowed recipes from friends to make them even more delicious. I publish my authentic Thai recipes here for the world to enjoy. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I publish information to help others visit Thailand.

frequently asked questions

How to make blue butterfly tea?

Tea Guide

Can I drink butterfly blossom tea every day?

Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are harmful substances that can damage healthy cells in the body. By drinking a cup of blue tea once or twice a week on an empty stomach, you flush accumulated toxins from the body and significantly improve digestion.

How long does butterfly blossom tea need to steep?

Use fresh spring water for the preparation of tea. Bring the water to a boil and let it cool to about 205°F. Preheat the kettle by pouring hot water in and out. Add the butterflies and let them steep for about 5 minutes.

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