A TASTE OF THAILAND
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
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.
• 100g of butterfly pea flowers
• 2 cups of clean water
• 4 tbsp syrup or
• 2 tbsp honey
Wash the butterfly pea flowers and boil them
in clean water. With the lid on the pot, leave it for
2 to 3 minutes to steep before taking the flowers
out from the pot.
Mix the butterfly pea flower tea with syrup or
honey, adjusting preferred sweetness. To preserve
all the nutrients, do drink it immediately.
WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA