Matcha, rubbed tea, is a Japanese green tea powder used primarily in the Japanese tea ceremony but also for flavoring and coloring, such as, ice cream and pastries. To drink it is mixed with nearly boiling hot water to desired strength and thickness.
The art of grinding dried tea leaves into powder then mixed with hot water arrived in China, probably during the Song Dynasty, from which the year 1191 was brought to Japan by Zen monks.
Green tea is not oxidized by the blacks do, but to be dried immediately after picking. This means that you benefit from all the healthy compounds found in tea bush Camellia sinensis.
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