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Bunga Telang (Blue Pea Vine or Butterfly Pea), A Natural Blue Food Dye

Bunga telang (or bunga teleng or kembang teleng or or bunga biru) is also known as Butterfly Pea or Blue Pea Vine in English. This plant is native to tropical equatorial Asia, but has been introduced to Africa, Australia and America. I was a bit weird when I knew the scientific name Clitoria Ternatea. Then it’s explained why it has that name. The flowers of this vine have the shape of human female pudenda, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”. (Synonyms: Clitoris principissae.). While “Ternatea”, the name of the species, comes from Ternate, a location in East Indonesia.

In Indonesia, this flower is grown on the front or back fence and the edge of the forest and mostly used for naturopathy (alternative medicine) such as treating red eye, ulcer, earache, fever, distended abdomen and, irritation in the bladder and urethra, as well as eliminating phlegm on chronic bronchitis.   In Malaysia, bunga telang is used for natural blue colouring for nasi kerabu Terengganu and pulut tai tai Peranakan or Nonya.  Meanwhile in Thailand, there is blue syrupy beverage called nam dok anchan (น้ำดอกอัญชัน). Dok Anchan is a blue pea vine in Thai.  Beside for drinking purpose, Butterfly Pea has been used in ancient Thai herbal medicine to treat hair loss and prematurely grey hair for many decades. It works by promoting blood circulation in the scalp, nourishing and strengthening hair follicles.

I was just so fascinating with the colour, I have been a huge fan of blue since I was a kid.  Yes I’m a blue colour lover.  You may wonder where I got this.  Have you ever heard about Etsy? In that website, you can find this air dried bunga telang as well as the seed if you want to plant it.

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15 thoughts on “Bunga Telang (Blue Pea Vine or Butterfly Pea), A Natural Blue Food Dye”

  1. Just found your blog for the first time via TasteSpotting. Lovely photo! I love to bake colorful treats, but I stopped using artificial food coloring last year. Until now, I haven’t found a natural food coloring that is “true blue.” Thank you so much!

    1. hi Dawn! if you want a real blue color then i can give you some, i have a lot here in my garden you know, butterfly pea and have a lot of health benefits. 🙂 do you want to have some? 🙂

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    memberikan tambahan bagi anda yang memerlukan berbagai macam kebutuhan mengenai kembang Teleng /Bunga Teleng
    1. Bibit benih (Biji) yang dikemas dan berisi : 100 biji, 200 biji dan 500 biji atau lebih banyak lagi sesuai dengan permintaan/kebutuhan anda, akan kami tambahkan sampai 25% dari kebutuhan biji yang anda pesan
    2. Bunga Teleng kondisi segar (baru dipetik dari pohon) dalam kemasan berisi 200 bunga, 400 bunga, dan 500 bunga, atau lebih banyak lagi sesuai dengan permintaan/kebutuhan anda. Dan akan kami tambahkan 15% bunga dari yang anda pesan.
    3. Bunga Teleng yang sudah dikeringkan dalam kemasan, berisi 200 bunga kering, 400 bunga kering, dan 500 bunga kering, atau lebih banyak lagi sesuai permintaan/kebutuhan anda. Serta kami tambahkan 15% bunga kerig dari yang anda pesan.
    4. Bibit pohon kembang teleng yang belum berbunga, usia pohon antara 2 – 3 bulan dengan ketinggian 20 cm- 30 cm ( maaf saat ini stock terbatas…..)
    5. Pohon Kembang Teleng yang sudah berbunga antara 1 – 4 bunga dan bunganya bisa langsung anda petik sendiri.

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