Matcha tea powder, or green tea powder is one of nature’s finest super foods, revered and enjoyed for centuries through Japan and Asia for its remarkable health and well-being effects.
The weight loss, detoxifying, and cancer fighting properties of Matcha tea powder, derived from its amazingly high antioxidant levels, means Matcha is fast becoming an essential for every kitchen.
Matcha tea powder is created by first harvesting the fresh green leaves of the Green Tea plant (Camellia sinensis). The leaves are carefully removed from the stem and naturally dried, before being traditionally stone-ground into a vibrant, rich green powder. The Matcha powder is then stored away from oxygen and any light to preserve its amazing colours and medicinal properties.
The Matcha drinking ritual or tea ceremony was perfected by Chan Buddhist monks in China, around 1103. The arrival of Zen Buddhist to Japan around 1191 brought Matcha and its preparation methods to that country, where it has become an important part of everyday life for the health conscious people of Japan to this day.
Today, Matcha tea powder is used in a broad variety of food and drink throughout Japan and the world, it is not only enjoyed as a healthy tea to drink, it is also added to things like ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes, chocolate muffins, cakes, and many more delicious foods.