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Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

Posted by Shepparton Centr Vic Austr (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 4, 04 at 7:22

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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RE: Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

Hello Shepparton,

Clitoria ternatea

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


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RE: Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

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 ;>)


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


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RE: Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

Did you ever get it AdrianaG?


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


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RE: Blue food dye from Malaysian flower??

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.


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