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Blue matcha is a drink from the Clitoria plant, also known as Anchan, native to Southeast Asia. In reality, this drink has nothing to do with matcha, though this name stuck because it’s a coffee analogue, which gives a charge of vigor and fills the body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
What is a blue matcha made of
Clitoria is a plant known for its plum, lilac, and sometimes even ultramarine flowers. Bright buds, not yet fully opened, are dried and ground into powder. The loose mass is used as a dye for cocktails and smoothies, or to make a drink by pouring hot water or milk.
Unlike matcha, clitoria is almost always supplemented with sweeteners (honey, sugar) or spices, since it itself has only a slightly perceptible herbaceous aroma. This drink tastes equally good both hot and iced. A refreshing summer cocktail can be made by adding mint syrup or some citrus juice to it. For classic matcha, you can simply pour hot milk over it — this way you’ll get a delicate drink with a creamy aftertaste.
Health benefits of blue matcha
Modern research shows that the clitoria contains antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory substances, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, B13, C, D, E, K, phosphorus, iron, calcium and amino acids. Blue powder is also rich in antioxidants, in particular proanthocyanidin, which protects the body from infection and bacterial growth, and increases resistance to viral diseases. This leads to an overall healthier body and improved well-being, so we recommend alternating your favorite morning coffee with this healthy blue drink.