Maybe you’ve heard of it; maybe you’re already a fan. Matcha tea is gaining popularity and can be found in drinks like teas, lattes, and shots and also in foods like ice cream, cookies, puddings, soup, and stir-fry. So what is matcha tea? Let’s take a look:
- Matcha tea is a special form of green tea that comes from the same plant, but with different growing methods.
- 30 days before harvest, matcha tea plants are covered with shade cloths that cause an increase in chlorophyll production and boost flavor, texture, and amino acid content.
- Leaves are hand-selected and then dried and aged in cold storage to help deepen the flavor even more.
- Leaves are then ground into a fine powder that you consume instead of discarding them whole like with traditional green tea.
- Matcha literally means “powdered tea”.