The secrets of Matcha
Learn more of the ancient secrets of matcha and green tea.
This regal variety of Japanese Green tea is power-packed with some kind of awesome yet elegant anti-oxidants, nutrients and anti-aging properties.
Matcha is high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Studies have linked green tea to a variety of health benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and even encourages weight loss.
"Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. The powder is then whisked with hot water. This is different from regular green tea, where the leaves are infused in water, then removed. Drinking brewed green tea “is a bit like boiling ground greens and throwing away the spinach and just drinking the water,” says Louise Cheadle, co-author of The Book of Match and co-owner of the tea company Teapigs. “You get a portion of the nutrients but you’re throwing away the best.” With #Matcha, you’re drinking the whole tea leaves...more."
Matcha is grown on green tea bushes under shade. The shade increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves, which is what makes them bright green and full of nutrients. The leaves are hand-picked removing the stems, stalks. According to Cheadle, the leaves are traditionally ground by granite stones into a super fine powder. “It takes an hour to grind the leaves, and it’s done in the dark to protect the nutrients,” she says.
With frequent Match consumption one needs to balance with a hand-full of fresh #cilantro in your food (soups, salads, raw, etc.) to off-set any absorption of heavy metals into the body as it is common with tea production and/or aromatic botanicals.
“The finest Matcha comes from Japan, where it has been grown for centuries." Tea is not just a drink it is an experience, a sacred ritual and institution which is part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Try our elegant Imperial Allegro Curatorial...It is stunning!
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