Friday food treat: Matcha



Matcha is a form of green tea with a difference. It is a “green tea” flavour that finds its way into tea, ice-cream, cakes and confectionery.

Matcha latteMatcha is special
Matcha is special in two ways – how it is farmed and how it is processed. It is grown in the shade for about 3 weeks before harvest. During this growth period the plant produces more theanine (unique brothy or savory flavor) and caffeine (stimulant).




Matcha stems and veins are removed before processing. The chlorophyll-rich leaves are picked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder. Instead of being consumed as a drink made from tea leaves or tea bags, it is dissolved in a liquid, like water or milk.

Matcha macaroonsMatcha is reknowned for its antioxident content. It is suggested that one cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidents as 10 cups of tea.

Matcha is very popular in Japan. The flavour of matcha is not one I have taken to. It reminds me of powdered vital greens which has a sort of grassy flavour.

Health benefits
The health benefits that matcha claims include:

  • antioxidants
  • boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • mood-enhancer and aids in concentration
  • vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • prevents disease
  • lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Are you a matcha fan?

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