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 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 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.
The health benefits that matcha claims include:
- 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?