Matcha: Green Tea Just Got Greener!

Thursday, August 11, 2016. Author Helena Pickford

At some point in the last few years, we have decided that we like all things green. Wheatgrass, seaweed and kale are all on the green menu, and now matcha powder. But what health benefits does it carry, and what makes it different to green tea?

Matcha is made by harvesting and steaming the leaves of the camellia sinensis tea plant, before grinding it into a fine powder using a stone mill. It has been used for many hundreds of years in the Japanese tea ceremony ‘chanoyu’, as it is believed to increase longevity. Inspired by the traditional ceremony, matcha is now widely available in it’s tea form, but is steadily infiltrating its way into all aspects of life from facial scrubs to smoothies.

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