Matcha green tea is a high-quality green tea powder that’s loaded with amino acids. This premium green tea powder, which is imported from Shizuoka, Japan, is the tea that’s used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.
Matcha green tea is produced in an extraordinary way. The tea leaves, grown only in Japan, are shielded from sunlight for several weeks before harvest. This causes the leaves to darken and produce higher levels of amino acids. After the best tea leaves are picked, they are dried and ground manually to a fine powder on a stone mill to protect the nutrients in the leaves.
Because of its high level of amino acids, matcha green tea has a quite deep and complex flavor. Initially bitter, the tea has a sweet aftertaste. However, all those amino acids do wonderful things for your body. Matcha green tea contains more antioxidants than virtually any other food, including acai berries and pomegranates. Many people drink matcha green tea as a weight-loss aid. The tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that lowers stress levels and preserves alertness. The L-theanine counteracts the caffeine in the tea and promotes a state of relaxed alertness.
To make matcha green tea, simply mix 1 tsp. of the powdered tea with enough hot water to make a paste. Then, add more hot water until the tea is the ideal strength. If desired, you can sweeten the tea with the sweetener of your choice. A small amount of honey or sugar can cut through some of the initial bitterness of the tea.
Matcha green tea can also be used to flavor sweet treats, such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, cakes, cookies, muffins and smoothies. It lends a refreshing, complex flavor to the desserts without overpowering them.
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