Shankapushpa or Butterfly pea plant is a very good medicinal plant. It can be cultivated easily by seeds. The flower varies in color and type. We can find flowers of colors white, blue, sky-blue, purple and more. Similarly, we get flowers having single petal and multi petals. It is noted in Ayurvedic documents that whole plant is edible and has different medicinal properties. It is known as brain tonic and very good for kids for brain development and improved memory power.
Here is a recipe to prepare Shankapushpa Tea. Recipe courtesy: Facebook group 'Foodie'
Butterfly pea flowers/ Shankapushpa flower (fresh/ dried) – 10-12
Water – 2 cups
Honey – 2 spoons (optional)
Lemon juice – 1 spoon (optional)
Clean and wash shankapushpa flowers and put in a pot/ glass. Boil 2 cups of water and pour to the glass/vessel having the flower. Close the lid and leave for 10mins. Throw the flowers out and serve the tea with a spoonful of honey to taste. You will get a very attractive blue tea if you use dark blue flowers.
The colour will turn to purple color if you add lemon juice to it.