Monday, June 12, 2023

Growing and Cooking with Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers


The Butterfly Blue Pea flower, also known as Bunga Telang, is incredibly easy to grow. Just scatter the seeds on the ground or in pots, and they’ll sprout with little effort. The seeds come in pods, and there are plenty of them. I'm growing them along the fence in my fitness area, Nava’s Zen, and they thrive even without much attention. If you're an urban gardener like me, you should definitely consider these beautiful flowers. They bloom in stunning shades of purple or dark blue. No fertilizer is needed; just water them. Plus, these flowers are packed with antioxidants and offer various health benefits, such as aiding in weight loss, improving blood sugar control, and enhancing hair and skin health.

 

The Butterfly Blue Pea flower is versatile and has very few side effects, making it a great addition to your diet. However, it's important to enjoy it in moderation and check for any potential side effects, as what's good for one person might not work for another.

Beyond its health benefits, the Butterfly Pea flower is also popular in beauty products. It's used in hair mists, toners, shampoos, and face masks, thanks to its natural properties that can enhance hair and skin health. So, whether you’re looking to boost your diet or beauty routine, this flower has plenty to offer.

You can also incorporate Butterfly Pea flowers into your cooking in a variety of creative ways. After thoroughly washing the flowers, soak them in hot water for a quick infusion or in cold water for a longer period to extract their vibrant color and subtle flavor. This beautiful blue extract can be used as a natural colorant in both savory and sweet dishes, adding a unique touch to your culinary creations.

 

For instance, you can make Butterfly Blue Pea Flower Rice, a dish that’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat. To prepare this, simply mix the flower extract with the right amount of water, add washed rice, and a pinch of salt if desired, into a rice cooker. Let the rice cooker work its magic, and you’ll end up with wonderfully fragrant rice that has a subtle floral essence. This colorful rice pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes, adding an exotic flair to your meals.


But the culinary uses don’t stop there. The extract can also be incorporated into drinks, turning ordinary lemonade into a mesmerizing blue or purple beverage when mixed with citrus juice. It’s a fun way to impress guests with a naturally colored, eye-catching drink. You can also add the extract to batters for pancakes or waffles, giving them a striking blue hue that kids and adults alike will enjoy.



Urban gardeners, if you've discovered the wonders of the Butterfly Blue Pea plant, why not grow them yourself? They are incredibly easy to cultivate and can thrive in a variety of conditions. Plant them along a fence or in pots, and they’ll grow with minimal effort, providing you with an ongoing supply of these beautiful and versatile flowers. Not only will they brighten up your garden, but they’ll also offer a fresh, home-grown ingredient for your kitchen. 

Embracing the Butterfly Blue Pea plant in your garden and kitchen can add both beauty and flavor to your life. Whether you’re looking to enhance your meals with a splash of natural color or simply want a low-maintenance plant that brings vibrant blooms to your space, this flower is a fantastic choice. Give it a try and enjoy the many benefits it has to offer.





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