One of the ladies I met through a soaper's group sold a few pots of Butterfly Pea plants last Summer. I purchased two from her, out of curiosity. It was a buck each anyway. No flowers yet at that time and it took a few months before my first bloom (above) appeared. Isn't it gorgeous?
With little luck I have when it comes to plants, I'm happy that this is low maintenance. All it needs is sun and water everyday. I'd say this comes second to my Aloe Vera in terms of surviving my black thumb.
The flowers looked familiar and I wasn't sure why. After reading up on it, it dawned on me - I had this in a salad at some point. Fancy! I also found out that these are taken as a tisane (floral tea). So I tried it and here's the result:
Freaking cool, right?
I dropped one freshly picked flower in a cup and poured hot water over it. Right before my eyes, I saw the water turn blue slowly. It was a pretty awesome sight to behold. According to what I read online, the color will change to violet if you add some lemon juice. I have yet to try that.
What does it taste like? With just one flower in this cup, a very faint nutty taste. It gets stronger as you add more. But my plant doesn't bloom fast enough to get six flowers in there... maybe because the weather is colder?
A lot of online articles claim that drinking this tea has health benefits but this post explains why and cites research behind it. Yay! I'm going to need to spend time nerding out on this newly discovered information.