Anything with a butterly pea flower is beautiful consumption with benefits in Thailand, you’ll find it in vivid blue cocktails or as a deep purple beverage. It’s also what gives an enticing lavender shade to creative sticky rice that partners with mangoes on a dessert menu.
Since the old days, the flower has been used widely for strengthening hair and eyebrows, as a natural colourant in food and desserts or as an edible accompaniment with Nam Prik (a chilli paste) meals.
Considered an herb or flower – butterfly pea plants are attractive because of their vivid signature colour. It is originally a tropical plant but has been introduced to America, Australia, and Africa. They are very easy to find and grow, making the plant a common sight in one’s home garden in the tropics. The flower is known to come with abundant health benefits with an important aspect as that of a potent antioxidant.
There are many ways to enjoy the use of butterfly pea flowers, and one of the simplest things to do is turn the blue-and-purple flowers into a refreshing drink for everyone. Mild and light in taste, some people may add a bit of lime juice in their butterfly pea drink to make it even more unique and flavourful. As a magical treat, watch how drops of lime transform the natural blue colour into the pinkish-purple blue of a beach sunset.