I have been getting organic produce boxes delivered to me from Kai Farms in the Philippines. It comes with all sorts of amazing local produce and herbs and it inspired me to cook so many new things this week. The two recipes I am sharing this week are inspired by what I had delivered in my basket.
The butterfly pea tea is beautiful and tasty, not to mention the amazing health benefits it has. If you do not live in Southeast Asia it might be hard to find butterfly pea flowers but you can usually find the dried flowers in the tea section in the grocery store.
Butterfly pea flowers are high in anti-oxidants and are caffeine-free making it a perfect night cap drink. You can drink it warm or cold for a nice drink anytime of day. It has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine to help boost brain health for increased memory, especially when aging. There have been studies done showing the brain benefits in animals.
Green papaya is the unripe version of regular papaya but it is very different. Green papaya is a little crunchy, it is whitish green in color and it is not sweet. Because not all of the sugars have developed it actually has different nutrition benefits as well.
I took the ingredients you would usually put in green papaya salad, which is a popular salad in Southeast Asia, and made it into a wrap to make it better for appetizers. If you wanted to leave out the collard wrap you can toss everything else with the sauce and you have a delicious salad.
Green Papaya Salad:
Butterfly Pea Tea
Cheers to good health! ~ Amanda