In the world of tea,China is not the only sole producer of Asia’s finest tea. Japan also has a significant share in this breakthrough. Inspired by the Chinese in their tea production, the Japanese has made their own version of this what they learn from them.
Japanese green teas have been known for their Umami taste. It is a distinct flavor out of the natural sweetness of the tea leaf with a combination of the ocean and spring greens. One of the high grades of this type of tea is the Matcha Green Tea.
Matcha Green Tea basically refers to the first-rate milled green tea. It is the most important feature of the Japanese tea ceremony. This ceremonial activity focuses on the preparation, serving and drinking of the matcha.
The taste of the infusion depends on how Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant is grown and processed. For Matcha Green Tea, it is produced in a shade grown tea plants. Moreover, the area of the plant where the leaves are picked is very essential. The better leaves are those picked from the top. These leaves are soft which gives the tea a finer texture which elevates its grade.
Matcha’s preparation already starts several weeks before the timed harvest. The tea bushes are intently covered to prevent its direct contact to sunlight. This would cause the leaves to have a darker green color which signifies a higher level of amino acid and a sweeter taste.
During the harvest, only the best tea buds are hand picked. Right after harvesting, the leaves are laid out to flat dry. This process would cause the leaves to disintegrate and become tencha. From there, the tencha can be de-stemmed and de-veined and finally be grinded to produce matcha.
This tea has a fine, bright green color and talc-like powder texture. This form of Matcha made it appropriate to be used to flavour or to dye foods. Aside from that, it has a strong and sweetened Umami taste.
When it comes to health benefits, the Matcha also has a lot in common with all green teas. However, studies have proven that its benefits even exceed the green tea. It is because in matcha, it is as if you are drinking the whole leaf than just the brewed water. In fact, a single glass of Matcha can be equated to 10 glasses of green tea if based according to nutritional value and content.
To date, its notable property of this tea is unmatchable. Matcha tea is rich in anti-oxidants and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, aids to take away heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body. It detoxifies the body and therefore maintains its healthy condition. It also contains catechins, specifically EGCG (epicgallocatechin gallate) which improves the body’s immune system and helps battle various types of cancer. More than that, it is used to be to be a mood enhancer. It has also zero sugar so it will prevent diabetes. Finally, it is high in fiber which can effectively aid digestion and detoxify body from harmful toxins.
Have a taste and try the Matcha Green Tea now and experience its promising health benefits for yourself.