Japanese Green Tea

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Ordinarily when people drink green tea, they don’t think about how it was prepared or where it was planted and harvested. However, it is good to know that flavors depend on the varieties of Japanese green tea or matcha green tea. This way you can try different flavors and discover the perfect flavor that you like while enjoying the health benefits of green tea. There are several factors that give each variety of Japanese green tea its distinct flavor such as place where the plant comes from, age  when harvested and the process of making the green tea.

Bancha

This is the most common tea in Japan and the lowest type because it is harvested last during the season. It has an uncommon taste and a strong organic straw aroma.

Sencha

Plucked from the same tree during the first round of harvest, the leaves of green tea are directly exposed to sunlight thus giving an emerald green color. Sencha leaves are carefully steamed for at least a minute to avoid oxidation. Then the leaves are rolled, shaped and dried creating a thin cylinder-shaped of the tea. Sencha has a bittersweet taste and comes from Kyoto, Japan.

Kamairicha

This Japanese green tea is not steamed. It doesn’t have a strong taste like many other varieties of tea drink. They undergo a short withering process before pan-fried. Then while being fired on a 300 degrees heat, they are constantly tossed so not to burn or char. Sechibaru in Nagasaki and Ureshino in Saha Prefectures are popular for this type of pan-frying method of kamairicha green tea. Unfortunately, kamairicha is only sold in some specialty shops in the west as this type of Japanese green tea is uncommon.

Gyokuro

A fine and highly expensive Japanese green tea, Gyokuro is grown in the shade before harvest time to create a distinct taste. Gyokuro is translated as “Jade Dew” which refers to the pale green color of the infusion.

Tamaryokucha

This has a taste of  berry and citrus as well as a lingering almond taste and deep aroma. Steaming the leaves will preserve the green tea vitamins and antioxidants. It can also be pan fried. It’s a product from Kyushu area in Japan. Tamaryokucha has golden yellow color and usually steeped for 2 minutes  at 70 degrees Celsius.

So the next time you buy a tea product, you will be able to distinguish one variety from the others. The price will also tell you about the quality of the Japanese green tea. Japanese take a lot of pride in the tea from their country. They know that its taste and health benefits of antioxidants will add to the lives of people. Japanese green tea will also speed up body metabolism and help in weight loss diet.

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