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Organic Green Tea Matcha Leaf Powder (Japan)

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Camelia Sinensis




  1. #Properties#

    Properties of Matcha



    Matcha, camelia sinensis, is a very popular variety of green tea in Japan. Its benefits, its unique taste and its bright green colour make matcha an exceptional tea whose success continues to grow. Literally meaning "tea powder" in Japanese, this antioxidant tea king is made from tencha, grinding tea, and the powdering of these high quality leaves. Matcha is the emblem of the traditional tea ceremony called Cha No Yu. It is also consumed as a powder in cooking and baking.

    In the land of the rising sun, matcha producers protect tea plants from the sun, three weeks before harvest. This practice of shade cultivation is ancestral (end of the Edo era, 1603-1868 AD), the Japanese used bamboo or rice straw mats to reduce the light. Today, nylon tarps or arbors are installed to slow photosynthesis and the transformation of theanine into tannins. With this process, matcha tea acquires the original vegetable taste of umami, the fifth taste (after sweet, salty, bitter and sour) common to foods containing l-glutamate, an amino acid present in all vegetable and animal proteins.

    The health benefits of matcha tea are numerous due to its exceptional properties. Indeed, its high concentration of polyphenols and more specifically of epigallo-catechin-gallate antioxidants (EGCG) [1], are recognised for their health benefits. By consuming the whole leaf, unlike other teas, all of the antioxidants contained in matcha are retained.

    The antioxidants in matcha reduce the damaging effects of free radicals responsible for cell aging. EGCGs are active in promoting the elimination of toxins and combating water retention, which helps make matcha a perfect slimming ally or a booster for detox treatments. In addition to acting on the renal filtration of water, matcha tea improves the body's natural defenses thanks to its high content of catechins and bioavailable substances [2].

    The presence of tannins in tea, slows down the absorption of theine which diffuses more slowly in the body. Hence the uplifting effect of matcha, as opposed to the arousing and potentially irritating effect of caffeine alone, for example.

    Like all green teas, matcha is a source of L-theanine, an amino acid with anti-stress properties [3]. Matcha has authentic health benefits, and whether it is to fight against aging or to strengthen the immune system, it embodies a much appreciated noble and refined ingredient.

    [1] Schröder, L., Marahrens, P., Koch, J.G., Heidegger, H., Vilsmeier, T., Phan-Brehm, T. ... Richter, D.U. (2019). Effects of green tea, matcha tea and their components epigallocatechin gallate and quercetin on MCF 7 and MDA-MB-231 breast carcinoma cells Corrigendum in /10.3892/or.2019.7430. Oncology Reports, 41, 387-396. https://doi.org/10.3892/or.2018.6789
    [2] KOCHMAN, Joanna, JAKUBCZYK, Karolina, ANTONIEWICZ, Justyna, et al. Health benefits and chemical composition of matcha green tea: A review. Molecules, 2021, vol. 26, no 1, p. 85.
    [3] DEVKOTA, Hari Prasad, GAIRE, Bhakta Prasad, HORI, Kengo, et al. The science of matcha: Bioactive compounds, analytical techniques and biological properties. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 2021, vol. 118, p. 735-743.

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  2. #Species and parts used#

    Species and parts of matcha used



    Picking matcha leaves, especially young shoots, is done by hand. Their antioxidant concentration reaches more than 80% of tea. Then, in order to block the enzymes responsible for the oxidation and obtain a green tea, the leaves are heated with steam. Once dry, they are crushed to give a fine bright green powder.

    Unlike other teas, matcha is prepared whipped but not infused. The whole leaf  of powdered matcha is added to water or to a food preparation, smoothie, cake, etc.

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  3. #Origin & quality#
    Origin and quality of matcha

    Our organic matcha green tea comes from Japan and guarantees an intense taste experience.

    Very fashionable for the past ten years, matcha tea has been cultivated above all in dedicated regions such as Yame and Kyoto, the origin of the establishment of tea in Japan, and where the production is renowned for its high quality.

    Our Natural Origins Organic Matcha Green Tea Leaf powder is the perfect ally to enhance your drinks with its vegetal aromatic note.

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  4. #Country of origin#

    Country of origin of Natural Origins matcha



    Japan

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  5. #Harvest period#

    Matcha harvest time



    October

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  6. #Best availability period at Natural Origins#

    Period of optimal availability of matcha at Natural Origins



    June

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