Thinking about good gift ideas for a green tea lover? Here is my list of few green tea products that are good for stocking stuffers. Other cultures have just barely scratched the surface of the many uses of green tea. The Japanese have quite a head start and are still discovering new uses as it becomes a popular ingredient worldwide.
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Matcha is typically served with Japanese sweets like the gelatinous mochi, as sweets
complement the bitter in the green tea. For that reason, commercial sweets producers have jumped on the green tea trend, and you can now buy KitKat bars in Japan made with matcha powder.
The brand name goes back to 1911 in the United Kingdom, and has traditionally been a
chocolate candy. In 2000 however, Nestle began releasing new flavors of KitKat’s in Japan, and almost 20 years since, they have debuted over 200 offerings. Among these flavors are green tea and matcha.
Whether it’s soba noodles made with matcha or instant noodles in a cup of green tea, this is one food pairing that is highly popular in Japan that has yet to have a global reach. However, it probably will soon be discovered and become the latest green tea food trend worldwide.
Anything with “zuke” in the name sounds like it’s made with squash or zucchini. However, this has no zucchini in it at all. This is considered a comfort food and is made with fish, rice, and green tea. The tea is steeped separately then poured over the rice and topped with toppings like shredded nori, citrus peel, and other flavorings. Please check my entire article I wrote about green tea rice here.
4. Mass-Produced Matcha Sweets
Whether you’re a schoolkid or a grandparent, there’s undeniably something great about the sugar fix a candy bar provides. Because of this, green tea and matcha-flavored candies have become big business. Here are some of my favorites: Matcha Pocky and Melty Kiss. These two are incredibly popular in Japan.
I wrote an article about green tea being good for skin. The Japanese are very ingenious about making use of holistic ingredients to rejuvenate and cleanse the body. As such, green tea is considered a natural detoxifier because it is high in antioxidants. In addition, it has a sweet scent that many Japanese find comforting. The caffeine in it can also help raise energy levels and invigorate the senses. Here is a good example of using green tea for skin.
Because the smell is sweet and comforting, it’s no surprise that the Japanese decided to make it into incense. Burning incense is ingrained in Japanese culture for various rituals, to cleanse the air, or simply to make it smell better. You can adopt this custom by getting your own green tea incense from Japan.
There is nothing better than getting the actual premium green tea! This green tea has won
Global Tea Championship this year.
I Will Teach You How to Be Healthy By Using Japanese Green Tea is a guide to better health and longevity through the use of Japanese Green Tea. This beautifully illustrated guide demonstrates the various uses for this miracle plant and explains the various properties within green tea that makes it an anti-cancer powerhouse and more. Each page of the book provides readers with a wealth of knowledge that can help to boost the body’s natural immunities, increase energy, and develop a more organic system of hygiene.
Did you know that black tea, oolong tea, and green tea come from the same plant or that their labels really just describe where the leaf was left off in the fermentation process? Learn about the unusual uses for green tea such as green tea beer or cake. Find out how to get more of the antioxidant catechin out of tea by adding one simple ingredient. These facts and hundreds more are all contained inside this beautiful guide to Green Tea.
This might not fit in most people’s stocking size but I have to mention this. If you want to make your own matcha, Sharp TE-T56U- GR Tea-Cere Matcha Tea Maker allows you to grind green tea the way you traditionally would using a stone mill. This machine uses ceramic to mimic the traditional stone mill. Note that you need to use a specific type of green tea called “Tencha” in order to get resulting Matcha.