Matcha, Matcha, Matcha.
Here is a short introduction to the visually appealing, delicious ingredient that seems to be sweeping our Instagram feeds. The mystery green powder is appearing everywhere from donuts and chocolates to lattes and smoothies. Sure it’s tasty but did you know it’s actually a finely milled, powder form of green tea?
Originating in Japan, matcha was a key ingredient of 12th century traditional tea ceremonies that focused on the preparation, serving, and drinking of tea. Recently tea aficionados have developed a taste for the green dream. Matcha has experienced a huge surge in popularity due to is very photogenic nature, seemingly wonderful health benefits and, of course, it’s great taste.
You might be most familiar with the matcha that is used to dye and flavor classic asian foods such as sobu noodles, mochi, and green tea ice cream. Cold or warm, matcha seems to have an endless stream of ways to consume. Savory dishes, cocktails, desserts – this noteworthy flavor seems to have a way of enhancing concoctions and leaving a distinct, memorable taste.
Green tea leaves are believed to be rich in antioxidants making matcha a coveted ingredient in the world of health and beauty. By pouring water on your green tea, you can only consume what the water extracts. With matcha, you consume the entire leaf, which delivers a higher amount of nutrients and is beneficial in cleansing your digestive system.
Mindfulness seems to be at the root of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony from which matcha was born. Next time you are enjoying that matcha green tea latte, remember each experience is unique and be present while gulping down your tasty treat.
Lattes, donuts, and chocolates, it seems everything we love has matcha in it these days. But do you know what it is?