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Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is the powder form of green tea. It is made of ground Gyokuro leaves. This is the green tea used in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. You are not required to infused the tea, but whisk the powder into hot water. This type of green tea was first used by Zen monks in Japan over 800 years ago. After drinking matcha, the monks notice they had better concentration and help keep them feel alert. As in traditional herbal medicines, the concept is that you get to drink the whole tea leaf to gather all it’s health benefits.

teazonline.com has matcha for sale. For $5 you get 25 cups. They even have sample packets for as little as $1. This way you can try them and see if it’s your cup of tea. I am really looking forward to trying my first cup of matcha. I think many people cook and bake with them too.

Many people find match green tea to be less bitter. As the process of making matcha is a bit different. The fields are covered under shades for three to four weeks before harvesting. This allows for the leaves to develop high levels of amino acid, which in turn makes them taste sweet. This process hides the bitter flavor of the polyphenols (which provides the health benefits) and are still present in the matcha.

Teazonline also wrote: According to researches done in Japan, brewed Matcha contains nearly 10 times the polyphenols and antioxidants of regular teas, 2 times the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, approximately 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach, and 4 times that of carrots.

References:
Matcha green tea tipped as luxury flavour of the future By Anthony Fletcher & Making Matcha from World of Teas

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