How to Use Butterfly Pea Flowers in the Kitchen

BY FOODACIOUSLY

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Wonderful flowers

Also known as blue pea, butterfly pea flowers are deep blue-purple flowers native to Southeast Asia and praised for their health benefits in Ayurvedic medicine.

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How do they taste?

Widely used in Thai and Malay cuisines, butterfly pea flowers are edible and they have a unique grassy and earthy taste similar to matcha but not as bitter.

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Fresh or Dried Flowers

You can use the flowers, fresh or dried, to prepare a traditional blue tea. But, you can also steep them in milk for drinks and rice dishes.

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Powdered Flowers

If you can't get the whole flower, it's easy to find butterfly pea powder online. It's super concentrated, so just a few pinches are enough to give a pop of colour.

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Exciting Recipes to Try

If you're new to cooking with butterfly pea flowers or you'd like to discover new ways of using them, the following 5 recipes are a must-try!

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1

Blue Sticky Rice with Mango

You'll love this colourful spin on the classic Thai mango sticky rice. Great for breakfast or as dessert, it's packed with exotic flavours!

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2

Magic Lemonade

What happens if you mix butterfly pea tea with lemonade? You'll get a magic, colour-changing drink — wow!

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3

Butterfly Pea Cake

This super spongy cake has the most wonderful blue colour. All thanks to natural butterfly pea powder — no nasty food colourants needed!

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4

Blue Pea Latte

Say hello to this pretty blue latte and start the day with a smile. All you need is butterfly pea and plant-based coconut milk — plus frothy foam for topping!

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5

Blue Chia Pudding

You can add a pop of colour to your chia pudding with a just little butterfly pea powder. It's a quick and healthy breakfast you can try today!

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