How was Green Tea originated?
The origin of Green Tea originated a long back in China around 2737 B.C. The Chinese Emperor Shennong drank the water that had a dead leaf boiled in it and after drinking it the Emperor found it was incredibly refreshing and so this new beverage was created Green Tea.
Later on, in around 800 A.D., during the Tang Dynasty, a book named Cha Jing also known as The Classic of Tea was written by a Chinese man Lu Yu. When Lu Yu was young he was adopted by a Buddhist monk and he grew up serving and brewing tea as he grew older his interest in making Tea improved and he decided to take time away from the outside world to research and write down his findings.
His book ‘The Classic of Tea’ became the written work to explain the culture and art of Green Tea.
Soon Green Tea made its grand appearance in America when shipped overseas with settlers. The colonists quickly obsessed over the Green Tea and it became so popular that the Parliament imposed a Tea Tax in 1767. As we all know from our History Textbooks, the colonists were quite upset, and the Boston Tea Party was made. Nearly 45 Tons of Green Tea was dumped into the harbor.
In the last few decades, the popularity of green tea has steadily increased. At most coffee and tea shops, one can find numerous green tea beverages ranging from a hot jasmine green tea to an iced matcha latte. In addition to its versatile flavors, many health discoveries are taking place due to its high number of antioxidants. It appears that the more we learn about this amazing tea, the more impressive and beneficial it becomes.
Types of Green Tea
Green tea that has been steamed approximately twice as long as regular Sencha is called either Fukamushi Sencha or Fukamushi Ryokucha. Fukamushi means “steamed for a long time.” Since the leaves have been thoroughly exposed to the steam’s heat, they become powdery and the tea takes on a stronger taste and darker green color. It does not have a “grassy” odor or astringency. Since the leaves have been steamed for a long time, they become finer and the tea made from these leaves has a high leaf content.
For approximately one week prior to picking, Kabusecha bushes have reed screen or cloth placed over them to block out most sunlight. This enables new leaf shoots to grow without sunlight, giving the tea a darker green color, full-bodied flavor and lower astringency than Sencha. Gyokuro is another type of green tea similarly grown using covered culture, however, Gyokuro is covered for a longer period than Kabusecha – approximately 20 days prior to picking
Ichibancha, Nibancha, Sanbancha:
Ichibancha is the first picking of new leaf shoots of the year. After that, tea is called Nibancha and Sanbancha based on the order in which it is picked. Ichibancha is sometimes called Shincha. Ichibancha is used more extensively than the later harvested Nibancha and Sanbancha. Shincha includes the meaning of “first picking of the year” (Hatsumono) and is also called “in-season” tea. In some tea-growing regions, there is also “Shutobancha” picked in early fall, with no Sanbancha being picked
Hojicha is made by roasting Sencha or other types of green tea, which gives it a distinctive roasted aroma.
The tea leaves are roasted in a roasting pan at a temperature of approximately 200 degrees C and then immediately cooled. Through roasting, caffeine is sublimated (changed directly from a solid to a gaseous state) and the Hojicha becomes less bitter. For this reason, it is said to be a tea that is easy to drink for children and elderly people. One may enjoy Hojicha’s savory aroma and clear, light taste.
And many more such types which are beneficial for body.
Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea also comprises a large number of components that are said to be beneficial to human health. These components have a diverse range of effects.
Increases alertness (decreases tiredness and drowsiness)
Vitamin C: Maintenance of healthy skin and mucus
membrane (collagen formation)
Vitamin B2: Maintenance of healthy skin and
Vitamin E : Antioxidant
How to make a perfect cup of Green Tea:
While making the Food, we follow some procedures just like that Green Tea also goes through a process.
Here’s the following Process to make a perfect cup of Green Tea:
1.Take a cup of water and heat it till it is about to boil.
2.Take a strainer and measure and put 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves in it.
3. Pour hot water into the cup through the strainer. Pour till the bottom part of the strainer is immersed in hot water. If you are using a teabag, then dip the tea bag directly into the cup of water.
4. Take the strainer away (or the teabag) in 2-3 minutes and take a sip to check if this is how strong you would like it to be. If you are making this for someone else, then use a spoon to check the flavor!
5. Steep again for 30 seconds if you feel the tea needs to be stronger.
Enjoy the refreshing Green Tea while having good Communication with your people.
Follow these steps a few times. Very soon you will know exactly how to make the kind of green tea that you like. Sip away and reap the many benefits of green tea!