A bloom by creator.....

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Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea and Darwin pea, is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. The flowerings of such plants are amazing. This plant is native to tropical equatorial Asia (Indonesia and Malaysia), but has been introduced in many countries.

In Southeast Asia the flower is used as a natural food colouring. In Malay cooking, an aqueous extract is used to colour glutinous rice for kuih ketan (also known as pulut tai tai or pulut tekan in Peranakan/Nyonya cooking) and in nyonya chang.

In Kelantan, east part of Malaysia, by adding a few buds of this flower in a pot while cooking white rice will add bluish tint on the rice which is served with other side dishes and such meal is called nasi kerabu.

In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made called nam dok anchan (น้ำดอกอัญชัน), it is sometimes consumed with a drop of sweet lime juice to increase acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple.

In Burmese and Thai cuisines, the flowers are also dipped in batter and fried. Butterfly pea flower tea is made from the ternatea flowers and dried lemongrass and changes color depending on what is added to the liquid, with lemon juice turning it purple.
(Collected information from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea)

6 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Sep 2016):

    Interesting information included with the beautiful bloom that has many uses!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (26 Sep 2016):

    Wonderful narrative and exquisite beauty and color.

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (26 Sep 2016):

    Perfect !!!!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (26 Sep 2016):

    a beautiful image!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (29 Sep 2016):

    Thank you Andrea, Lynn, Maria, Tiia!!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (1 Oct 2016):

    Great shot and detail. Narative adds a lot to the photo. Well done.

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