Tea Trivia: Matcha and Gyokuro Shaded Tea Plants
Posted by Kimiko URIU on September 25, 2011 (0 Comments)
Gyokuro and Matcha are two teas that are shaded during their growth in order to obtain the perfect flavour out of the tea leaves.
Gyokuro, "jade dew" is a fine Japanese green tea that is shaded approximately 20 days before the harvest. The "jade dew" refers to the pale colour of the infusion. Check out our Gyokuro tea at Kimicha Tea.
Matcha is shaded for about 20 days before the harvest. The screens or rice straw serves to shut out direct sunlight which reduces the rate of photosynthesis. This results in a higher level of theanine, which is the amino acid that makes the Matcha naturally more sweet. After picking, steaming and drying the Tencha leaves are ground by stone mills, which is a tradition that has been around for about 800 years. Today these stone mills are still used for high grade Matcha resulting in a fine powder. Check out our Matcha green tea at Kimicha Tea.