Those of us in a certain age demographic (cough) were introduced to matcha through a campy little movie known as "Karate Kid 2". In the Japanese tea ceremony, the girl shows the boy the delicate ways of her culture, he beats other boys in martial arts and wins her adoration. OK, the plot isn't that simple, but the scene is as sweet as this Wild Matcha is delicious. Just a scant 1/2 tsp per serving will set your brain on fire and put your immune system into happy mode. The health nuts of Wild Foods made this #2 grade powder for drinking, smoothies, lattes, or—ahem—ice cream. No matter how you enjoy it, it works.
Matcha has a lot of back story and culture and ritual about it, even more so than "plain old" green tea. For that reason many of us have only experienced this flavor in other products like desserts or possibly a latte along the way. But not trying matcha in its 'true' form is like having coffee-flavored candy or ice cream and never an actual cup of joe.
Wild Foods is happy to give the experience of matcha to everyone, with this little container of their Matcha #2. Number 2? What does that mean? Matcha comes in different levels of delicacy, refinement and excellence. The best of the best is called Ceremonial 1st Harvest, and that awesomeness comes at a cost. Next is 2nd Harvest, also a premium ceremonial-style matcha, also far from cheap. And then we have this package right here: Culinary Grade, perfect for any kind of recipe from smoothies to a proper cup of tea. Wild Foods' matcha—even this culinary grade—will knock your socks off with flavor and energy-boosting nutritional zing.
Wild Foods' matcha is only organic green tea from the award-winning JAS Organic tea farm on the foggy mountainside in Ujitaware, Kyoto, Japan. JAS has been in business for over 100 years.
Matcha aids in weight loss, detoxes the body, promotes overall health and fights inflammation. It doses out some sustainable energy in the form of slow-release caffeine, far more measured than from coffee.
One cup of prepared matcha has the nutritional punch of 10 cups of traditional green tea. Luckily it does not have 10 times the caffeine!
Thought to be the key component of "what makes green tea so awesome", EGCG can boost metabolism and energy.
Coupled with the caffeine in matcha, L-Theanine works in your body to focus your mind and reduce anxiety.
Catechins are substances that are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and they help with tooth and gum health. Nifty.
For culinary grade matcha, you can prepare it in many ways, starting with the traditional tea method. (Easy to find online, just make sure you never add water over 165 degrees and you're set!)
The value of Matcha #2 comes through when you use it in other recipes, like:
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Well . . . probably not. Sorry. He does look pretty good these days for being 54(!) and all.
Of course you do. Add a teaspoon of local & raw honey for a sweet boost of immune enhancing juju.