Japanese Matcha Green Tea (Camellia sinensi)
Green tea is a type of tea made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing.
Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where it is grown. These varieties can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, processing and harvesting time.
Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.
Green tea is ubiquitous in Japan and therefore is more commonly known simply as "tea". It is even referred to as "Japanese tea" though it was first used in China during the Song Dynasty, and brought to Japan by Myōan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest.
Types of tea are commonly graded depending on the quality and the parts of the plant used as well as how they are processed. Green tea contains polyphenols which are thought to improve health, particularly catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate.
Matcha tea refers to a finely-milled Japanese green tea. The cultural activity called the Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves.
The preparation of matcha starts several weeks before harvest, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. This slows down growth, turns the leaves a darker shade of green and causes the production of amino acids that make the resulting tea sweeter.
Only the finest tea buds are hand picked. After harvesting, if the leaves are rolled out before drying as usual, the result will be gyokuro (jade dew) tea. However, if the leaves are laid out flat to dry, they will crumble somewhat and become known as tencha. Tencha can then be de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone ground to the fine, bright green, talc-like powder known as matcha.
Matcha tea is valued for its high levels of anti-oxidants, caffeine, chlorophyll and catechins which are fabulous anti-aging and detoxifying components.
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