7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Matcha
May 21, 2015
In honor of matcha’s rich history and legacy in Japanese culture, we offer today’s blog topic: 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Matcha
- Matcha has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all known “super foods.” With an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 1384 TE/G, a single cup has more than 5x the antioxidants of blueberries.
- To produce matcha, the tea bushes are covered with shades of cloth at least 20 days prior to harvest. This shades the plants from direct sunlight, increasing the levels of chlorophyll and enhancing the production of L-Theanine.
- Matcha creates a calm alertness thanks to L-Theanine.
- Samurai used to drink Matcha tea before going into battle due to its energizing properties.
- The Japanese have been drinking Matcha for more than 800 years.
- Matcha is the traditional tea served in Japanese tea ceremonies.
- Matcha is an ingredient in many mainstream Japanese foods, including Kit Kat Bars and Pocky.