Green Tea & Matcha Green Tea
Did you know that Green Tea and Matcha come from the same plant as everyday Black Tea? However, unlike Black Tea, they are not oxidised. So Green Tea and Matcha retain their natural green colour and have more antioxidants than Black tea.
From the Camellia sinensis plant, Green Tea is famed for its polyphenol content. Matcha is the finely powdered leaf of the Camellia senensis tea plant and full of green tea antioxidants– catechins are the main ones they are both known for.
How to use Green Tea
The ideal length of time to steep Green Tea is 1-3 minutes. Steeping too long it can lead to a bitter taste as natural tannins are released from the tea leaves. This is not harmful however and some people prefer a more bitter flavour to their cup.
Matcha has a more vibrant, green hue and a fresher, milder taste than standard green tea. Research shows that one teaspoon of matcha green tea powder contains 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! Also, because it’s a powdered whole leaf, you get more chlorophyll and fibre. Being from the tea plant, matcha green tea does contain caffeine, between 20-70mg per serving – like a standard cup of instant coffee.
How to use Matcha Tea
- Mix with water and enjoy a refreshing drink – hot or cold
- Add to your smoothie for an antioxidant boost
- Use in baking recipes to add flavour and nutrients