Houjicha BIO - roasted tea
country of origin Japan
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Roasted green tea from Japan
Lightly roasted green tea - Sencha. It has a bright, slightly roasted taste and aroma. Suitable for drinking after meals.
The big characteristic of Houjicha is that it contains less caffeine. Green tea contains health beneficial substances like tannin, caffeine, vitamins (A, B2, C, E, K...).
By roasting, caffeine evaporates but tannins, the substances known to have anti-cancer effect, are left in Houjicha. Thus we say you can have more gulps of Houjicha than normal green tea, and also kids and older people can drink it.
Preparation: Allow 2 teaspoons of tea for 0,5 l of boiled water, cooled down to 85°C, steep for 1 - 3 minutes.
Bio teas from Kagoshima
Shading of original tea plants has a long tradition. In the Kagoshima region in southern Japan (with the still active Sakurajima volcano), tea plants in the most suitable estates are covered with special nets (kabuse) Shading only lets 50 % of sunlight through. Growing in halfshade closely resembles the conditions of wild tea plants. Shaded tea develops more active substances and distinctive highly aromatic scent.
Kagoshima has the best conditions for organic growing of high-quality green tea. Ban of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, along with suitable area for tea cultivation and advanced technologies, ensure excellent quality and enjoyment of tea.
Green Tea & Health
As green tea leaves are not fermented, green tea has the highest content of antioxidants (compared to fermented teas). It also contains significant amount of polyphenols such as epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin and catechin. The content of polyphenols differs for various tea types. Owing to these substances, tea is very beneficial – preventing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infections, caries and many other difficulties.
At present, about 400 various substances are known to be in the tea leaf and they are called active substances. The tea leaf contains mainly: caffeine, polyphenols (tannins), flavanols, flavonoids, theophylline and theobromine (related to caffeine), fats, waxes, saponins, essential oils, carotene, vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, B10, B12, E, K, enzymes, iron compounds, K, F, Na, Ca, Cu, Ni, Zn, trace elements and many others.
Tannins are anti-inflammatory, soothe stomach and intestines, and heal the mucous membranes of the respiratory system during colds. Theophylline stimulates blood circulation and relieves muscle spasms. Fluorine prevents dental caries. Polyphenols (tannins) are present in all teas and are responsible for their slightly bitter astringent taste and characteristic aroma. Once ingested, they are absorbed into various organs. They are excellent antioxidants.
Form: Whole leaf
Area: Japan - Kagoshima
Country of origin: Japan