Matcha is a powder made of finely ground green tea leaves. While Matcha actually originated in ancient China, it is now more associated with Japan, where it is often used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies. These ceremonies focus on the preparation, serving, and drinking styles of matcha. Though the tea powder must be whisked with water or milk, there are many tea suppliers selling matcha powders and whisks so you can prepare a warm cup right at home.
-Choose a high grade Japanese matcha, such as ceremonial grade. Keep an eye on the color; look for a bright green shade rather than a dull green.
-Keep matcha powder well sealed and refrigerated to maintain its nutritional value.
Aside from drinking the powder in tea form, matcha can also be used to flavor other recipes; try a matcha latte, matcha mint iced tea, matcha ice cream, matcha banana bread, mochi, or even soba noodles.
Replace your morning cup of coffee with a cup of matcha for the same amount of energy without the jittery feeling followed by that after-coffee crash
20-30 days before harvest, tea bushes are covered so the leaves can grow in the shade. This reduces photosynthesis resulting in higher levels of chlorophyll and the production of amino acids such as theanine.
Green tea leaves absorb many things from the dirt, if they are grown in a leaded environment they may absorb lead. Therefore, it is recommended to have just one serving a day. Similarly, matcha should not be served to young children.
Sift 1-2 tsp of matcha powder, add about 2 ounces hot water, and whisk vigorously in a zigzag motion until the tea is frothy.
Because drinking matcha means you are consuming the whole tea leaf, it has far more antioxidants and nutrients than drinking steeped green tea.
Matcha has a high theanine and chlorophyll content; these vitamins help you focus and maintain energy without crashing.
Matcha even has high concentrations of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been known to aid with weight loss and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
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