Blue Matcha is on trend, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, or wondered how those Instagram food bloggers create blue smoothie bowls and aqua-colored cheesecakes, this is how it’s done.
This tea is made with butterfly pea flowers and turns everything a beautiful blue color. Butterfly pea tea comes from the butterfly pea plant found in Asia. It is caffeine-free and served as an herbal tea generally, but many food bloggers are using the tea to tint their raw vegan desserts and edible creations.
Butterly Pea Flower tea (made from the Clitoria ternatea plant) has been used for centuries in Southeast Asian countries (like Thailand and Vietnam). Typically steeped in hot water, it turns a brilliant blue color, and when adding lemon, the tea turns pink.
Butterfly pea flower petals are dried and brewed or made into blue matcha by grinding down the petals into a fine powder. Blue matcha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine with many health benefits– mainly due to the antioxidant levels (proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin) from the plant. The tea has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-aging benefits.
Make a galaxy latte with blue matcha (we recommend @matcha.blue and @bluechaitea ) to enjoy this superfood magic. You can also use blue matcha tea for creating raw vegan cheesecakes, smoothies, chia puddings, parfaits and popsicles. Korean artist and barista Kang Bin Lee of Cream Art makes amazing artistic lattes with blue matcha tea, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting.
Jose Flores, @naturally.jo is a Peruvian vegan teen who creates magical vegan desserts and more with a passion for healthy plant-based foods. His galaxy smoothie (above photo) is made with blue matcha tea.