If you’ve gone to Starbucks recently, googled health recipes, or are generally active in the health world, odds are you’ve heard about matcha. Sometimes it seems like every health store today offers some sort of matcha drink or food! So what exactly is this mysterious green powder?
Matcha is an amazing, all-natural resource that purifies, energizes, and protects our bodies. It is made in Japan from tea leaves that are dried and ground by stone into the fine powder you see on beverages or certain foods.
This makes it distinct from other healthy teas, like green or black tea, which are made up of the nutrients from leaves but not the leaves themselves. It traditionally tastes slightly bitter and grassy, but comes in many varieties, each with their own concoction of flavors.
Matcha plants are carefully tended until close to their harvest time, when they are covered with a shade cloth. This causes the leaves to become a darker shade of green due to the changing chlorophyll levels in the plant. It also increases the amount of nutrients in the leaves. When the plant is mature, the leaves are picked, processed, sold, and mixed into any number of beverages and delicacies around the world.