In European countries, we don’t know this plant native to South East Asia, but also America and Australia. However, the blue pea, also called butterfly pea is held in high esteem for its medicinal and aromatic values.
Used for a long time in Ayurvedic medicine for its sedative and antispasmodic effect, blue pea herbal tea has been a cure for anxiety and depression. Animal tests with the methanolic extract of blue pea roots confirmed these effects : anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant.
This plant also contains a large number of anthocyanins, water-soluble pigments and secondary organic compounds, which act as a powerful antioxidant. According to studies by NST Food, a company specializing in the sale of food products such as blue pea extract or tea powder, “the consumption of anthocyanins helps to detoxify the free radicals that damage our cells as well as stimulate blood circulation in small blood vessels.”
Its flowers, almost turquoise in color, which live only twenty-four hours, are widely used in Thai cooking. It is also the favorite ingredient of bartenders because they color water or other transparent liquids that are then tinted with more or less dark blue shades depending on the quantity of flowers added. Even more fun, the blue pea tea turns purple red under the effect of a drop of lemon.
Its coloring function was formerly used as a cosmetic. I was told that in the 1950’s, many girls used to rub blue pea petals to darken their eyebrows instead of the traditional cosmetic pencil. According to Thai traditional medicine, blue pea has a reputation for fortifying and shining hair and eyebrows. That’s why, many shampoo brands mention today : “Blue pea extract”
I knew blue pea only from my travels in Asia, but did not know that it was possible to find this extraordinary herbal tea outside these countries.
The company Tea magical offers this amazing beverage. From a privileged collaboration with several suppliers of blue peas in Thailand, it delivers this “magical” herbal tea all over the world and proposes very original uses such as preparing a cappuccino with blue peas. Their video will reveal all the possibilities : https://youtu.be/rW0D0_nGlzQ
What’s about its taste ? The blue pea herbal tea has a fairly neutral flavor, sweet, round with a light oily note. Its is a very pleasant drink.