What are they?
Green tea, along with oolong and black tea, is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. It was first produced in China 4000 years ago and then quickly spread to other Asia countries like Vietnam and Japan. Undoubtedly, China is the largest producers of green tea.
There are many types of green tea, which are different in the tea plants, growing environments as well as the processes of harvesting and processing. In China alone, they estimate that there are over 600 different types of green tea with the most famous are Longing and Gunpowder green tea.
One of the most common-known compounds in green tea is the Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)1. Thanks to this compound, green tea can kill bacterial and lower your risk of infection. It is also very effective when you want to have healthy teeth.
Also, the caffeine found in green tea can support the function of the brain and enhance your concentration. It also helps to improve your mood as well as your memory. You can become more alert after consuming green tea.
Also, green tea helps our body to burn fat and support the normal bowel movement.
Lastly, green tea can reduce your risk of many cardiovascular diseases such as heart strokes.
How to use them?
- Green tea: You can drink green tea made from fresh leaves, bags and powder.
- Green tea powder: There are also many infusion ways you could make with green tea powder. For example, you can mix green tea with your favourite oats or your smoothies of low-fat vanilla yoghurt, banana and berries.
- You can also try a classic Japanese dish called Ochazuke by merely pouring green tea over rice and mix with seaweed.
- Furthermore, add green tea powder to your cookie batter for aromatic and earthy flavour. You can also add that powder into your buttercream frosting to add more taste and unique colour to your cupcake.