This is Green Tea

June 24, 2009

A Nutritious Cuppa

A Nutritious Cuppa

Meet matcha – the green tea. Its beautiful jade colour is due to the high, high amounts of chlorophyll it contains. Matcha is not an infusion as most teas are, it is a whole tea leaf that is ground gunpowder-fine and then bamboo-whisked with hot water to create a seriously nutritious beverage. It takes 10 – 15 cups of green tea to equal the nutrients in a single cup of high-quality matcha. A cup of matcha is overflowing with vitamins and amino acids, and is higher in antioxidants than spinach, blueberries, and pomegranates combined. It is known to calm the mind and elevate mood. Matcha does contain a small amount of caffeine, but it’s the L-theanine, an amino acid, that can take credit for sustained and jitter-free alertness. The tea ceremony, known as chanoyu (also chado or sado) that is associated with matcha originates from Zen Buddhism, and takes many years of study to learn. I usually have one bowl of matcha a day, somewhat unceremoniously.

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2 Responses to “This is Green Tea”

  1. katie said

    Does the powder dissolve completely? I feel like there might be a chalky texture I wouldn’t like…Beautiful colour though..that is awfully appealing..

    • dawnegourley said

      Hm, I think you might like matcha, Katie. It dissolves exactly like cocoa, so add a little water initially, and whisk to create a paste. Once you whisk in more water, it becomes frothy, kind of like crema on espresso.

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