Some of the best things in the natural world are blue. Cloudless skies. Bluejays. The Mediterranean. Peacocks. The Morpho Butterfly. Robin eggs. Sapphires. Neptune.
But, when it comes to blue foods…well, in our opinion, there aren’t nearly enough. Wouldn’t you agree? And when you eliminate those that are pseudo blue like raspberry popsicles and spooky cereals, what’s even left? Blueberries?
We are on a quest to bring you the blues—in a tasty, natural, and healthful way. So, you can imagine our delight when blue matcha started trending! We’re here to separate fact from fiction and offer tips about this true blue beauty.
What is Blue Matcha?
It is a powder made from petals of butterfly pea flower petals, dried and crushed. It boasts antioxidants (more on that later) and has no caffeine.
How is Blue different from Green Matcha?
Well, first of all, it’s blue. Truly, the only similarity between the two is they both are made by grinding parts of a plant into a fine powder. Blue matcha is from the petals of a butterfly pea flower; green matcha comes from the leaves of camellia sinensis. Blue matcha tastes light and slightly earthy; green is deeper and more complex. Unlike, green matcha, blue has no caffeine. They both can be used in similar ways – mixed into a latte or smoothie for example.
What is a butterfly pea flower?
It is a climbing flower—vivid as all get out—native to Asia. This beauty can be found twining up trellises and buildings. Some think the flowers look like lips.
For centuries, people have used the plant to color foods and beverages, even textiles. A popular preparation is to steep the dried and crushed petals into a tea—a gorgeously bright and tasty libation. And, the tea’s color is chameleonlike—because of its highly sensitive pH balance, changing the acidity even a teeny bit can dramatically change its appearance. For instance, add some acidity, say lemon juice, and the tea transforms to purple. Add more, and ultimately it becomes a lovely shade of pink.
Are there any health benefits to blue matcha?
Maybe, yes. Some claims have been more rigorously researched than others. Only a handful of studies have been conducted on humans. But, here are some promising benefits.
Surges antioxidants. You’ve likely heard of flavonoids, a family of disease-fighting antioxidants. They can be found in several purple and blue fruits like plums, grapes, and blueberries.
Better brain function. The root of the plant (not the petals from which matcha is made) has been shown to increase levels of brain acetylcholine, promising in the treatment of depression, stress, and memory loss.
Supports blood sugar levels. Flower extracts were found to lower blood glucose levels and could balance blood sugars.
Detoxification. The epigallocatechin gallate in butterfly pea flower (and also in green tea) may protect the liver from disease. It also helps reduce inflammation and eliminate water from our bodies, so is heralded by some as a natural detoxifier.
So…are you ready to expand your libation hues to include blues? Here are some recipes to help you start drinking the blues. Note—beware, blue matcha powder is powerful and can stain surfaces, clothing etc.
PERENNIAL BLUE MATCHA LATTE RECIPE
- Add water to butterfly pea flower powder. Whisk (or use a frother) until dissolved.
- For a hot latte, warm up Perennial in microwave-safe container for 60 - 90 seconds, being careful not to boil. Add warmed Perennial to the butterfly pea flower mixture and whisk again until blended. Serve hot & enjoy!
- For an iced latte, add chilled Perennial to the butterfly pea flower mixture and whisk again until blended. Serve over ice & enjoy!