Despite its Japanese heritage, the origins ofMatcha have been traced back to the Tang Dynasty in China, taking place between the 7th-10th centuries. Although, it is believed that the farming techniques of Matcha were refined and perfected over several centuries in Japan, in which it has been a part of Japanese culture for over 800 years due to its extensive range of health benefits.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves, widely consumed within Japan. Distinctive for its rich flavour and vibrant green colour, Matcha can be consumed in a variety of ways. Although Matcha is commonly consumed in the form of a drink, it is a common ingredient amongst foods including desserts and snacks.
Is Matcha good for you?
Matcha has been widely consumed for years due to its extensive range of health benefits. Promoting benefits similar to that of green tea, Matcha is grown differently to promote a unique nutrient profile. Farmer’s tend to cover Matcha plants 3-4 weeks before harvest, as the shade increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content and gives the plant a darker green hue. Following harvest, the green leaves are transformed into a powder, while further diluted when consuming ensuring that each part of the leaf is ingested. In addition this allows for a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants to be consumed than that of regular green tea. Further health benefits achieved through the consumption of Matcha include:
- High in antioxidants
- Boosts metabolism
- Optimised energy
- Promotes heart health
Choose the right type of Matcha for you
Matcha comes in a variety of different forms, including powder, tea leaves and capsule pods. When selecting what Matcha best suits you it is important to consider what benefits you’re seeking from the beverage and which form of consumption would best suit your lifestyle. Matcha works to promote weight loss, regulate blood sugar levels, prevent disease and illness, and reduce stress and body inflammation.
Matcha can be consumed in a variety of ways:
1. Matcha Powder is a fine powder of ground whole green leaves, known for its intense health benefits that result from the fact that you’re consuming the whole leaf. When selecting your brand of Matcha powder it is important to ensure that it is of high quality. You can check this firstly by ensuring that it is stone milled, with a smooth and silky consistency when rubbed between your fingers. Premium Matcha is also generally of a bright green colour.
- 2. Matcha tea leaves are similar to that of green tea leaves. Traditionally consumed by brewing the leaves with hot water, matcha tea provides endless health benefits!
- 3. Matcha Pods combine well being and convenience. Compatible with Nespresso machines, these pods provide your body with all the health benefits of matcha, while being simple to make.
How to make Matcha?
Traditionally, Matcha is prepared using a bamboo whisk, in which the powder is mixed with hot water and then immediately consumed, allowing users to absorb the full range of benefits. Additionally, Matcha can be consumed with milk and ice in a latte form following the dilution process.
Matcha doesn't just have to be a drink! Incorporate your Matcha powder into your favourite desserts and foods for extensive benefits and tasty Matcha treats.
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