Matcha (pronounced matcha, or matcha for short) is a specific type of tea, which is deliberately mentioned in this general glossary because it represents a special way of processing and final preparation.
It has few equivalents in the world – perhaps only Korea, close to Japan, has an alternative for this drink. Matcha in its purest form is the finest quality Japanese green tea, which is very finely ground into a powder after the final processing of the leaf.
Nontraditional preparation and result
This is then (perhaps in a traditional tea ceremony) poured over hot water to create a green drink which is drunk whole.
It is therefore a different way of preparation, because normally we drink only the “water” extract from the tea and the leaves remain intact = here with Matcha we also drink the tea itself.
Matcha is considered to be one of the greatest natural sources of antioxidants – a big part of this, of course, is that we ingest the leaves themselves and not just the leachate.
This beverage has an unshakable position in Japanese culture (not just tea culture) and has permeated everyday life, not only in its traditional form but in various “pop” forms. These include matcha cakes, matcha lattes and other products made specifically from Japanese tea powder.
What it is and how it is made
Matcha tea is a type of green tea that consists of the smallest and finest tea leaves of the tea plant. The plants are covered with a tarp for 3 weeks before harvesting to increase the production of chlorophyll. In the actual processing, they are first passed through hot steam and then dried, finally they are ground on grinding stones.
Tea is an 800-year-old traditional cultural heritage of Japan, prepared only by truly skilled growers.
Its health benefits have been known and exploited for centuries. It is sold here in whole packs or in packs containing 2 grams, which are suitable for making one drink.
How to drink
Preparing matcha tea involves a tea ceremony for which you need several tools. A bowl, a special bamboo whisk designed just for making this tea, and a transparent glass. It is best served in glass, so that its deep green colour stands out.
Pour 2 g of tea into a bowl, cover with hot water at a temperature not exceeding 70 °C. Stir with the bamboo whisk and pour into the glass. Matcha tea is also prepared as iced tea or matcha latte with whipped milk.
What are its health benefits
Matcha tea has many health benefits. Like other green teas, it has strong antioxidant properties, fights free radicals and acts as a preventative against a number of diseases. It is also an effective dietary supplement in their treatment.
It helps against cancer, prevents the formation of cancer cells due to its high catechin content and also helps in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, rheumatism, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.
Supports heart function and regulates the proper function of the cardiovascular system.
It counteracts bad cholesterol in the blood, lowers it and strengthens the production of good cholesterol. It aids fat burning and is effective in reducing diet. It is also suitable for athletes as it strengthens joints and counteracts fatigue. Matcha tea should also be sipped for respiratory diseases as it prevents the development of infection and inflammation, while also soothing fever.
It strengthens the immune system and it is then ready to fight diseases. It also promotes memory and concentration. It is effective against depression and psychological disorders as well as neuroses. It is calming and the tea ceremony itself, preceding its drinking, is very meditative and pleasant.
Cooking with Matcha tea
Matcha tea is not only a tea suitable for drinking, but it can also be cooked with it. The fine powder reliably turns everything you put it in green. Among the drinks you can make with it is the most popular Matcha Latte or Shake with different flavours. You can combine it with milk, fruits such as banana or mango and chocolate. Drinks are served hot or cold.
Baking and cooking with Matcha is a lot of fun. You can make rich green pancakes that you can decorate with whipped cream and maybe matcha ice cream. Matcha biscuits or buns are also popular.
Matcha green cake, rolls and brownies are just as easy to prepare, just add a tea bag to the batter.
Even in a healthy fitness kitchen, Matcha can be used to its full potential. You will surely enjoy Raw Matcha balls with almonds, maple syrup and raisins. Or you can add it to porridge or salad dressing.
S You can also use matcha to make more complex baked goods like croissants, doughnuts, or even bread and Christmas cookies. It will spice up your table and do something for your health.
Matcha cheesecake is an unconventional form of this very popular cake that you can decorate in several colorful layers.
It is also suitable as an ingredient in various creams, both butter and custard, which it turns a soft lime green. Matcha tea is a tea that is definitely worth trying.