Clitoria ternatea is the botanical name. (Family : Fabaceae) I have written about this beautiful blue flowers before. The Blue Pea Flower, also popularly known as Bunga Telang (in Malay), also called Butterfly Pea, is a common ingredient used as natural food dye for making nonya kuehs. Read my previous post here: Nonya Cooking Ingredient - Bunga Telang
In today post, I will share with you some of my collection photos and more information of this edible plant.
Clitoria ternatea, such an imaginative name, but yet most of us only remember it as blue pea or butterfly pea. It is a perennial herbaceous plant. The pea-shaped flower is a bit hairy on the back. Though attractive, but I hardly see insects attracted to this flower, lacking of nectar I suppose.
Its leaves are elliptic and obtuse, with three leaflets growing from the slender stem. It grows as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist neutral soil. There are also white, pink, light purple and double petal variants of Butterfly Pea, but the the common one is the blue single-petaled flower variety.
This is the butterfly Pea that has double-petaled flowers in vivid deep blue color. They are about 4 cm long by 3 cm wide. This striking blue flowers demonstrated it's beauty on the roadside fence when I took the photo.
They are commonly and easily grown from seeds, they are so easy to bloom beautiful flowers everyday under full sun conditions and needs only a little attention. It is commonly found on open fields and wastelands.
As I know the blue flowers variety is used to extract its dye to colour the Nonya Kuehs, the white variety is known to treat goitre.
The fruits are 5 – 7 cm long, flat pods with 6 to 10 seeds in each pod. They are edible when tender.
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