WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha is a type of Japanese green tea. And unlike teas you might be familiar with that you get from tea bags or loose leaves, this unique type is finely ground, powdered green tea. The name is quite fitting since Matcha in Japanese means powder, so the meaning of Matcha green tea is literally powdered green tea.
It’s used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and is grown in shaded tea fields in Japan. Growing under shaded areas is what increases the chlorophyll found in Matcha, which helps give it its green color and some of its nutritional value.
Because of how Matcha tea leaves are grown, they have a rich, mellow taste unlike their counterparts grown in open-air tea fields that receive lots of sunlight. When made in tea form, many say Matcha has a naturally sweet, vegetal taste that’s also bold and bursting with flavor.
Matcha, Oolong Tea, and Black Tea, although there are several kinds of Tea when divided according to processing methods, they all are made from the same tealeaves. Tea (Camellia sinensis) is an evergreen tree plant, belong to Camellia genus in Theacea family.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF UJIDO MATCHA
The color of clean and health is green, and this green superfood is one of the best to add to your daily diet to improve your overall health and well-being.
When you drink other kinds of green tea, you throw away all the good parts while brewing the tea bag, where all the antioxidants and minerals stay. The majority of these antioxidants and other nutrients are found inside the unused tea leaves. Drinking Matcha green tea that’s made with ground up Matcha tea leaves helps ensure you receive all the antioxidants and nutrients your body needs.
And Matcha is loaded with antioxidants—137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea—as well as other needed nutrients, like Vitamins A and E, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, all of which contribute to its many health benefits.
The chlorophyll in Matcha helps suppress hunger, promotes cleansing and stimulates liver detoxifying enzymes. The amino acid, L-Theanine, is known to improve learning and memory, enhance your resilience to stress, improve the sleep quality of people with ADHD and even help smokers stop smoking. It also slows the release of caffeine into your body so you get an energy boost throughout the day, rather than a quick boost and even quicker crash from drinking a cup of coffee. Tea Catechin found in Matcha nourishes and protects your brain, prevents heart diseases, stimulates metabolism and burns fat and has anti-aging antioxidants that protect skin and reduce inflammation.
Other health benefits of Matcha include:
- Relaxing and refreshing the mind and body
Improving focus and clearer thinking
- Enhancing a person’s overall mood
- Increasing energy levels and endurance for a longer timeframe than coffee (because it has caffeine and L-Theanine)
- Boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss
- Helping prevent forms of cancer, such as lung, pancreatic and prostate.
Matcha cleanses and rids your body of unwanted harmful elements, and does so in a way that’s safe for your body.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATCHA
The kind of Matcha you get depends on what you want to do with it. There are various different types of Matcha green tea powder, but the varieties can be separated and distinguished into two grades: ceremonial grade and culinary grade.
Ceremonial grade Matcha is what has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It’s the highest-quality green tea powder on the market, as it’s made from the youngest tea leaves and has the stems and veins removed and then the leaves are ground by stone. It’s most used for drinking and creates a thicker-style green tea. It has a vibrant green color, a very fine texture, a very good and naturally sweet and mild flavor and a pure, delicate taste. Ceremonial grade Matcha will smell a little like fresh grass and should never feel gritty. When drinking this type of green tea, you should never add any sweeteners or additional ingredients to it.
Culinary (food) grade Matcha is by no means a low-quality tea; it’s just prepared differently and has different uses and flavor. It should be used for cooking and baking. It can be drank, but because of its robust flavor that’s slightly bitter tasting, its usage is meant to be blended with other ingredients in food and beverage recipes. Culinary grade should be soft to the touch and smell like fresh grass. While it’s not as vibrantly green as ceremonial grade, culinary grade matcha should still be green, and it has a higher antioxidant level than ceremonial grade Matcha.
The latter matcha powder can also be further divided into five grades:
- Premium—A good blend of Matcha at a lower price than ceremonial grade that is great for everyday use with blended drinks
- Cafe—A fine texture whose strong flavor makes it ideal for baking and cooking with.
- Ingredient—Because of its thick consistency, this type is best for using in recipes that contain milk or other dairy products, such as a smoothie or latte.
- Kitchen—With its strong astringent flavor and typically being sold in bulks, this grade is often used to brew and mix with other foods and to experiment with on new recipes.
- Classic—A higher but cost-effective grade whose powder has a strong flavor and can be drank or used in cooking.