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New To Matcha?
One cup of matcha has the nutritional value of ten cups of brewed green tea.
Matcha is a green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as I found it can be used in raw cookie recipes. :) I looked at matcha for months, I would put it in my cart and then take it out. It just confused me. The price range was all over the board which made it even more confusing. If it was more expensive, did that mean that it was a better quality? After trying to buy it several times, I decided that it was time to really do some research. Quality matcha should be BRIGHT green, almost electric green. Bad matcha is a more dull green, sort of like an army green. The pale green color indicates that the matcha is possibly past its prime, or contains stems and branches that were ground into it. Matcha is a type of green tea but 10 times more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea in the tea bags, so tends to have a higher price.
Next, we move on to our sniffer. Does it smell fresh, almost like freshly blended green vegetables? Or does it smell like old hay? I am guessing that can tell from those descriptions what you should look for.
It is rich and creamy compared to more astringent green and especially black fermented teas. The chlorophyll and amino acids found in matcha gives it its unique rich flavor, starting off with an astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness. Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea. Keep in mind that when added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler. It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, raw cheesecake or cookies.
I will be honest, I believe the taste of Matcha might just be one of those acquired tastes. If you like a little hit of “superfood green” taste, then I think you will enjoy this cookie. Be sure to start with a small amount of the powdered tea. You can always increase the measurement but you can’t take away. I don’t know about you but I am always searching for ways we can increase our nutrient intake in the foods we make. Sure beats swallowing supplements! If you are new to Matcha, please, I encourage you to give it a try. I ordered mine from Amazon but have seen it in Whole Foods and health food stores.
Matcha is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It i said that the health benefits exceed those of other green teas because you are ingesting the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. Be aware, it does contain a natural source of caffeine. So if you are sensitive to caffeine, use your best judgement on the intake.
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