Clitoria Ternatea flowers, Thai: Anshan, English: Butterfly Pea, are the flowers of the Thai Anshan plant, which are mainly used as a tea infusion and as a natural food colouring. Particularly noteworthy is its use as a colour for delicious gin. The colour of the Clitoria Ternatea blossoms is particularly stable and cannot yet be reproduced with artificial food colouring.
The Anshan Clitoria Ternatea plant is a fast growing and herbaceous pea climber. It produces only small leaves but numerous dark blue flowers that grow daily as soon as the flowers have been harvested. Every morning, the new flowers can be taken off and processed further.
All parts of the Anshan Clitoria Ternatea plant are usable and edible. In Thailand, the Anshan Clitoria Ternatea is used as a medicinal plant with its numerous active ingredients. An infusion of the dark blue flowers with hot water colours the water deep blue and is a good aid for sharp vision. It improves the natural weakness of vision that increases with age.
In addition, a drink of the infusion of Clitoria Ternatea flowers has a mild laxative effect. Anshan flowers are recommended for those with difficult digestion.
The Anshan Clitoria Ternatea flowers from Thailand are grown by ourselves in central Thailand and harvested fresh by hand every day. Each flower is carefully removed by hand, including the green calyx. The Anshan blossoms are then immediately laid out wide to dry and thoroughly dried before being weighed by hand and securely packed airtight. This way, the blossoms remain usable even when dried for years, if they are always kept away from light.
Here in our online shop at KD-Export you can buy the fresh Anshan Clitoria Ternatea flowers and import them yourself, we ship all over the world. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using our contact form.
Anshan tea is also available in other blends, for example with fresh lemongrass and pandanus leaves.
Here you will find more information on the medicinal use and the use of Anshan Clitoria ternatea flowers in Ayurveda: