What is matcha tea?
The invention of matcha tea powder is attributed to China and the Song dynasty. In fact, it was not until the 12th century that this type of tea appeared in Japan. In the 16th century, under the impetus of the tea master Sen no Rikyû, Japanese culture integrate it fully.. He designated it as THE tea to be used during Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.
Matcha is a fine green tea powder of excellence, traditionally used for the tea ceremony. Made from the best quality camellia, the cultivators of this tea give a special care. To obtain this almost fluorescent green tea powder, young tencha shoots are cut three weeks before harvest time. Then steamed to preserve the chlorophyll. Finally, producers dry them in a kiln and grind them into a fine powder – known as matcha – between two millstones.
To consume it, simply mix this powder in water at 70°C and stir with a bamboo whisk to make it foam – or simply with a small spoon.
What does matcha tea taste like?
The taste of matcha green tea is special. It is very rich in the mouth and not only has the color of the herb, but also the taste! So this drink is not always unanimous. Some people love it, and others find it unpalatable.
Have you thought about the red tea, rooibos? It is never bitter and comes in many flavors.
Matcha green tea: what are the health benefits?
In reality, matcha is more than a tea, it is a super food. For a long time, the samurai considered it as a medicine. Besides theine, all teas contain many other beneficial substances: essential oils, tannins, enzymes and phenolic compounds. But matcha tea has a special nutritional quality because it is rich in catechin, an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system, prevents cancer and fights cholesterol.
The Japanese are also fond of it for its action against skin ageing and in particular against the appearance of wrinkles. Through its antioxidant activity, matcha eliminate free radicals. The cells are thus rid of what contributes most to their ageing and malfunctioning. Matcha also helps to live longer and in better health because it fights against oxidation, limiting the damage to cell membranes and DNA. Finally, it helps to prevent all inflammatory and degenerative diseases (including Alzheimer’s).
If you want to know more about the history of tea in general, go here.