Matcha isn't a new type or form of tea; it has been consumed for centuries as a health elixir. Unique to Japan, matcha is dried tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder.
Matcha is renowned for its superior health benefits. Rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll, matcha's nutritional potency exceeds brewed tea because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One cup of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
Matcha is making its way into restaurant menus around the country and becoming an increasingly popular secret ingredient for chefs and home cooks alike. Even the October 2009 issue of Bon Appetit features green tea powder in its Matcha Pots de Crème with Blueberry Compote recipe.
Alissa White, founder of Matcha Source, says "Matcha tea is sweeping the gourmet food world as the ultimate functional food. When consumed as a brewed beverage, smoothie or latte or added as a recipe ingredient, it not only is attractive, stylish and unusual, it delivers functional health benefits."
Restaurants are incorporating matcha into savory and sweet dishes to appeal to health-conscious diners as well as to offer patrons a taste of the newest secret ingredient in innovative cooking. "Nobu Miami uses our matcha for matcha panne cotte, and a Drip Coffee in Dallas makes Matcha Lemonade to go in martini shakers," adds White.
Since matcha is green tea in powdered form, this health-boosting ingredient can be included in drinks, desserts, baked goods, seasonings, and other savory dishes.
White, who likes to stir matcha into Greek yogurt with berries and honey for breakfast, explains, "Matcha is easily added to blended drinks such as smoothies and lattes. [It] turns vanilla
ice cream into something exotic, and, when added to basic buttercream frosting, is gorgeous on cupcakes. For a savory approach, combine matcha with rock salt and sprinkle on fish or eggs."
To get a taste of matcha's delicious versatility and learn more about the powdered green tea's benefits, visit MatchaSource.com. "We've created a number of interesting recipes for you to try. Download our eBook of matcha recipes by Minnie Jardine," encourages White.
(Click to download the Matcha Source e-cookbook of sweet and savory matcha recipes)
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