- Qualities: Light, smooth, vegetal flavour; imparts a brilliant blue colour to decoctions. Caffeine-free.
- Parts used: Flower
- Origin: Thailand
- Cultivation: Wild-Harvested
Butterfly blue tea flower has been brewed in South-East Asian countries for centuries, but only recently has it been introduced to Western herbal enthusiasts. Used as a popular plant dye in textiles and beverages: will impart a brilliant blue colour to decoctions. When the pH of the tea is altered, such as with the addition of lemon juice, the colour changes to a lovely pink or purple hue.
How to Brew Herbal Teas
As a rule of thumb, for single herbs add 1 tsp. dried herb per cup hot water (though you can make your tea as strong or weak as you’d like). For blends of more than 2 herbs, use 1 Tbsp. dried herb blend per cup of hot water.
INFUSIONS are for plant materials that are relatively fragile (leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers and roots with high volatile oils like Valerian or Goldenseal). Place a tight fitting lid over the tea, and allow to steep for 10-20 minutes, or overnight – depending on the flavour and strength you wish.
DECOCTIONS are like infusions, but are used when the plant material is tenacious (such as roots, barks, nuts and non-aromatic seeds). This method makes very concentrated teas, so the plant material can be used 2-3 times before discarding. Bring water to a boil. Add herb to boiling water, cover with tight fitting lid, and allow to simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins. Remove from heat and strain.
How to brew when your blend has both fragile and tenacious herbs?
You do both methods! First decoct your roots, barks or seeds as described above. Turn off the heat, and then add the leaves/flowers and leave to steep for as long as you desire.
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