Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

shepparton(Centr Vic Austr)June 4, 2004

This may be a long shot but I wonder if anyone can help. When I was very young and lived in Malaysia, grandma used to cook a dessert using sweet glutinous rice and she would dye it a brilliant blue with a certain flower. Does anyone know what it is??

I think it might look a bit like a pea flower but it was definitely a source of blue edible colouring.

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Violet_Z6(6a)

Hello Shepparton,

Clitoria ternatea

Common Names: Blue Pea Flower, Butterfly Pea
Malay: Tarom, Tarom siam ['Siamese indigo']

    Bookmark   June 4, 2004 at 11:32AM
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adrianag(AL z7)

Oh no! Now there's another plant I HAVE to get! Make that two - for double white flowered variety as well... This is definitely one to add to the erotic plant collection ;>)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2004 at 3:17AM
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Patricia_looi

I have the second picture plant..hee..hee...hee..

    Bookmark   August 27, 2004 at 1:24AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

Did you ever get it AdrianaG?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 4:13PM
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me_171(Zone 6)

so can this easily be grown inside and if so any tips?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 3:17PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

me_171,

Just about all flowering plants require full sun as a general rule. So you'd need to be able to provide this inside.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 10:29AM
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