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Beyond the Teacup: Elevating Food Presentation with Butterfly Tea

May 08, 2024

Shanika Dasanayaka

Butterfly Tea, also known as Butterfly Pea Tea or Blue Pea Flower Tea, is a herbal infusion crafted from the vibrant blue flowers of the butterfly pea plant, scientifically named Clitoria ternatea. Among its alternative names are fairy tea plant, blue tea, and Asian pigeon wings. This tea enjoys popularity both in Ayurvedic medicine and as a natural food coloring agent. Notably, it boasts anthocyanins and is devoid of caffeine.

One of its remarkable characteristics is its ability to undergo color transformation. The blue hue of the tea transitions to a rich violet or purple shade upon alterations in its pH level. This change can be induced by introducing acidic substances such as lemon juice or other acidic liquids commonly found in food. For an intriguing variation, blending Blue Pea flower tea with Hibiscus petals yields a striking fire-red or fuchsia tint.

In this blog article, we're embarking on a culinary journey to explore the versatility of butterfly tea in food presentation. From a colorful cup of tea to creative desserts, we'll dive into a variety of innovative culinary techniques and ideas sure to inspire butterfly pea flower fans.

Our goal is to inspire our tea lovers with creative culinary options by incorporating butterfly pea tea into the recipes. Through this blog, we'll share insights into the best options and knowledge related to butterfly tea and its enchanting recipes.

The Art of Natural Food Coloring with Butterfly Tea

Understanding the Science Behind Butterfly Tea's Color Transformation

The captivating color transformation of butterfly tea is due to the presence of natural pigments known as anthocyanins. A compound called “Delphinidin" stands out as the primary anthocyanin in Butterfly tea. These compounds react to fluctuations in pH levels, inducing color shifts in the tea. When butterfly pea flowers are steeped in hot water, they yield a deep blue hue. However, introducing ingredients that alter the infusion's pH can result in a change in color, ranging from violet to bright red. The typical pH range of butterfly tea falls between 6.0 to 8.0, but the addition of certain ingredients can deviate its pH value from this range. Read more

Benefits of Using Butterfly Tea as a Natural Food Coloring Agent

Butterfly tea offers the best natural alternative for food coloring over the many artificial colors. Did you know? In 2021, the FDA also approved the commercial use of Butterfly pea flower as a natural food color additive. One of the exclusive benefits of using Butterfly pea as a coloring agent for foods is its exceptional heat stability. This quality may allow it to be used for a wide range of foods and beverage products like ice cream, chewing gum, sports drinks, yogurt, and different cocktails. 

Tips for Extracting and Storing Butterfly Tea Concentrate for Culinary Use

In order to use butterfly tea as a coloring agent, it is vital to make a pure concentration of butterfly tea. Making an extract of Butterfly pea flower is something beyond making a cup of butterfly pea tea. To produce the extract, begin by steeping approximately a dozen fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers in a cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for approximately 15 minutes before straining the brew. The resulting liquid will exhibit a deep blue hue suitable for food coloring purposes. By adjusting the acidity of the liquid, the color can be transformed into shades of red, purple, and blue.

The brewed concentrate can be conveniently stored in the refrigerator for future culinary use, ensuring it remains readily available whenever needed.

Vibrant and Visually Stunning Dishes Using Butterfly Tea

Blue and Purple Hues: Incorporating Butterfly Tea into Desserts

The attractive color range that can be raised from Blue pea flowers is incorporated into desserts like cakes, cupcakes, and frostings. Blue, Purple, or Reddish hues may add a touch of elegance while capturing everyone’s eyes and mind. And also, the delicious taste attracts all the sweet lovers too. 

Creative Appetizers: Making Colorful Savory Dishes

With the colorful addition of blue pea flowers, traditional savory dishes were also transformed into yummy, colorful dishes. Chips, Cheese, sushi rolls, devilled egg or boiled eggs recipes, and crispy fried butterfly pea flowers are some of the common recipes with Blue pea flower tea. 

Refreshing Beverages: Crafting Eye-Catching Drinks

Incorporating Butterfly pea flower into your daily beverage can enhance its health benefits. Butterfly tea is gaining popularity in beverage making, not only for its vibrant color but also for its transformative properties. Some popular concoctions include butterfly pea tea, butterfly pea lemonade, butterfly pea flower latte, butterfly pea flower iced tea, color-changing mojito with blue pea flower, and butterfly pea milk.

Beyond Coloring: Incorporating Butterfly Tea for Flavor and Texture

Infusing Butterfly Tea into Batters, Doughs, and Sauces

Butterfly pea flowers impart a distinct color and flavor to various culinary creations. Brewed butterfly tea can be seamlessly integrated into batters, doughs, and sauces to craft a diverse array of dishes, including bread, cake, Swiss rolls, dumplings, and more. This infusion elevates the complexity of flavors, resulting in dishes that not only taste delicious but also boast a delightful appearance.

Using Butterfly Tea as a Base for Gelatin Desserts and Frozen Treats

Many gelatin-based and frozen foods on the market rely on artificial colors, making blue pea flower-based food items increasingly sought after. Popular gelatin desserts and frozen treats now include options such as butterfly pea jelly, butterfly pea ice cream, popsicles, and more.

Experimenting with Butterfly Tea-Infused Jellies, Mousse, and Puddings

If someone would like to do creative, yummy experiments with Blue Pea flower, can try new recipes like butterfly tea-infused jellies, mousse, and puddings. Butterfly pea flower sago pudding and butterfly pea flower coconut milk pudding are some of the recipes that can be developed with Butterfly pea flower.

Creative Presentation Techniques Using Butterfly Tea

Layering Techniques: Creating Multi-Layer Desserts and Drinks

The beauty of butterfly tea’s color-changing property can be used to make multilayered desserts and drinks. Multi-layered cakes, jelly cakes with different colors, mocktails, and cocktails with colorful layers, may impress everyone with a delicious experience. 

Marbling Effects: Swirling Butterfly Tea into Batters and Creams

Artistic marbling is done with Butterfly pea concentrate by swirling butterfly tea into batters and creams. Especially the designs in loaf cake or a Swiss roll with a natural blue color will enhance the interest in tasting that food. It will add a touch of elegance and a delicious taste. 

Garnishing and Decoration: Adding Edible Flowers, Fresh Fruit, and Herbs

By using the blue pea flowers, you can garnish and decorate the dishes. Especially salads, drinks, and cakes. Adding blue pea flowers in an edible form (sugar syrup coated or fried) or in a natural way along with some other fresh fruits or herbs will add a great appearance to the dish. 


In addition to its numerous health benefits, Butterfly tea stands out as one of the best natural coloring additives for crafting creative food and drink recipes. Its natural floral flavor and color-changing properties elevate food presentation to new heights.

Presentation plays a vital role in generating interest in tasting a food item. Thankfully, nature has gifted us with some remarkable natural components, such as Butterfly tea, to inspire new culinary adventures. Whether you're a professional chef or a home cook, experimenting with recipes featuring this enchanting ingredient promises an intriguing experience.

Let's savor everything with a hint of BLUE! Embrace the nutritious power of Blue Pea Flower Tea in the herbal tea world!

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