Green Teas and Matcha

About Green Teas and Matcha Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea is the virgin of tea manufacturing, the least processed, the freshest, and the youngest.

Angela is holding a fresh batch of our Red Raspberry Green Tea

Low in caffeine, high in antioxidants, rich in vitamins B and C, this light, grassy tea boasts a whole cocktail of health-giving constituents.  The health benefits of this incredible plant, Camellia Sinensis, are the subject of a great number of medical studies. Scientists and Physicians are fascinated with all of the new data that is coming forth! It’s never been a better time to start drinking teas!

Green teas, (for centuries the beverage of choice in Asia), are rapidly gaining popularity in the western world. It’s natural aroma and widely acclaimed health benefits make green tea appealing to both the tea lover and previously non-tea drinker. Due to our own personal appreciation for high quality Artisinal green teas, we are striving to offer an ever-growing selection of rare varieties, to include our own Traverse City-grown White Teas.  Our award-winning signature blends include as  many fresh, certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic Michigan-grown ingredients as possible. The aroma of these teas surpasses anything you have ever experienced with regards to subtlety and complexity.

When preparing green tea, it is important to use water below the boiling point and to stay near your pot while it is steeping. We recommend, at least initially,  following the brewing instructions we provide with each tea. True tea quality is always judged in the cup~ so, at the end of the day, the best answer to specific steeping inquiries inevitably requires modification to your specific taste preference. It is your cup of tea, so enjoy it as you see fit! (More info. below picture…please read on~)

During the production of green tea, great care is taken to preserve the healthy, natural, and active substances of the fresh leaves so they may be released into the cup at the time of infusion. This is a photo of a tea garden in Sri Lanka.

The production of Green Tea

The intent during the production of green tea is to preserve the healthy, natural and active substances of the fresh leaves so they may be released into the cup at the time of infusion.

After plucking, the green leaves are spread out in the on withering troughs to dry out. Once they have become soft and pliable, they are traditionally fired in woks or ovens (to keep their green color, prevent oxidation,) or rolled, twisted or balled into a desired shape and then repeat firing is completed, to prevent the leaves from oxidizing as it occurs during the production of black tea, and to dehydrate them for proper preservation.

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Matcha Powder Information

Matcha is the oldest variety of shade grown  green Tea and originated in Japan. It has been ground into a fine powder, and has been part of Zen Buddhist culture for over 800 years. Unlike loose leaf of bagged leaf teas, where the most nutritious tea leaves are thrown away along with the bag after infusion, Matcha green Tea powder  is mixed with water, or in a smoothie,  and the leaves are consumed. Thus, by virtue of “eating” the very best part of the Tea leaves, the Tencha, the solubles and insolubles are all taken in. Rather than just drinking the water off the leaf, as with traditional whole leaf teas,  one consumes 10 to 15 times the nutrients. See the product page in our shopping area for more.

“What is an O.R.A.C unit?”

Matcha green tea contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to all natural fruits and vegetables known thus far. The oxygen radical absorption capacity (O.R.A.C) test is a scientifically controlled set of experiments developed by the United States department of agriculture (USDA) and Tufts University to assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The results of the ORAC test helps to standardize, quantify, and objectively compare different foods and beverages for their antioxidant potency.

Results for the latest O.R.A.C tests have shown that organic ceremonial grade Matcha green tea contains 1384 O.R.A.C units per gram. When compared to other antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, as published by the Agricultural Research Service, the in-house research arm of the USDA, Matcha clearly stands out above the rest!

Top antioxidant foods O.R.A.C units per gram (umoleTE/g:) *

Light of Day Organics’ shade-grown Japanese Matcha green tea 1384.00
Prunes 57.70
Raisins 28.30
Blueberries 24.00
Blackberries 20.36
Kale 17.70
Strawberries 15.40
Spinach 12.60
Raspberries 12.20
Brussels sprouts 9.80
Plums 9.49
Alfalfa sprouts 9.30
Broccoli florets 8.90
Beets 8.40
Oranges 7.50
Red grapes 7.39
Red bell peppers 7.10
Cherries 6.70
Onions 4.50
Corn 4.00
Eggplants 3.90

*Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb/fnrb499.htm – studies published in the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 128, pp. 2383-2390) and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (vol. 68, pp. 1081-1087); 2 ORAC Analysis on Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea ME17916 Lot#D1805: Brunswick

In summary, Matcha green tea contains over 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients when compared to traditional Green, White, Black, Rooibos, and Yerba Mate Teas, as well as when compared to popular fruits and vegetables.

Matcha green Tea is, in our opinion, the healthiest natural beverage known to mankind thus far!

Find out what Wikipedia has to say about Matcha:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha#Traditional_preparation_of_matcha

Some of our favorite ways to enjoy our daily Matcha…

IN A BLENDER: 1 Cup Pineapple Juice, 1 Cup Coconut Milk, 1/2 Banana, and 1/2 tsp.Matcha powder – blend and enjoy right away.

NEW CAPSULES!! That’s right- just take 2 matcha capsules for your full 1 gram serving and enjoy the convenience and feel-good-ness! See our Matcha section to order yours today.

WITH FOOD: Sprinkle on top of your cooled oatmeal or applesauce.

IN A BOWL: Add 6 oz. very warm water to a bowl, then whisk in one teaspoon of local raw honey and 2 tablespoons of Almond Milk. Whisk in 1/2 tsp. Matcha powder and enjoy reverently…ceremonial-style.

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