These beautiful, butterfly pea flowers are grown under the raspberries on my friends Gabi and Michael’s farm in Yungaburra, FNQ. Gabi and Michael love working with nature to sustainably grow raspberries and flowers, which they then preserve by freeze-drying.
Why freeze-dry flowers?
Freeze-drying retains the nutrition, fibre and vibrant colour in the flowers. The flowers can then be stored for long periods of time, used to garnish desserts and decorate food, ground into a vibrant powder, or made into a beautiful blue tea! The possibilities are endless. Get creative and tag us in your photos so we can share your culinary creations to inspire others!
Storage of Freeze-Dried Flowers:
Keep packet sealed and store in the freezer to maintain freshness.
What is blue tea?
Blue tea is a caffeine-free, herbal tisane made by infusing the flowers in hot water to create a brightly-coloured, floral-smelling tea that has the mesmerising ability to change colour with a change in PH!
How to make Blue Tea:
🦋 Place 1 rounded teaspoon of the freeze-dried flowers into a tea strainer and set in a teapot or large cup.
🦋 Pour over 1 cup of hot water, cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
🦋 You can drink as is, or add flavourings such as cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass or honey.
🦋 To see the colour change to a vivid purple-pink, add a good squeeze of lemon juice.
🦋 To serve as iced tea, sweeten to taste, chill and pour over crushed ice. Serve with lemon wedges.
Cooking with the Quirky Cooking Freeze-Dried Fruit Range...
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