Green tea powder, which is commonly referred to by its Japanese name, matcha, consists of finely ground green tea leaves. Matcha contains an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants.
Since you consume the whole leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant when you drink matcha, it is widely thought to provide more health benefits than regular green tea.
In a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, green tea powder has to be prepared in a specific way, but outside of traditional settings, you can prepare it any way you wish.
Matcha is a flexible ingredient because it comes in powdered form, which makes it easier to add to recipes and blend with other ingredients.
You can use matcha to make a variety of foods and beverages, as well as for a number of other (non-consumable) applications.
Traditionally, you prepare matcha by scooping it into a cup, adding hot water, and whisking until there is no powder left on the sides or bottom of the cup.
You can also use matcha to make green tea lattes (hot or iced) with milk and your sweetener of choice. The trick to making a good green tea latte is to prepare the matcha with hot water first and then add the milk and foam to the cup.
To give your green tea lattes a twist, sprinkle them with cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom. You can also add flavored syrup to your green tea lattes to enhance their flavor.
To make the iced version of a green tea latte, use a small amount of hot water to make a paste with the matcha powder and then mix it with cold milk and ice. If you prefer, use soy milk instead of cow’s milk.
Smoothies are another popular beverage that you can make with matcha. Matcha smoothies are a great pick-me-up.
You can make them by blending matcha powder with fruits, vegetables, millk, or yogurt.
Fruits and vegetables that go well with matcha in smoothies include green apple, banana, wheat grass, parsley, celery, and mixed berries.
Use honey or sugar to sweeten your matcha smoothies.
Green tea powder can be added to a variety of dishes for color and flavor. You can incorporate it into recipes for mousse, pudding, cheesecake, cookies, cake, rice krispie treats, or ice cream.
You can also use matcha powder to enhance the flavor of rice, pasta, bread, and seafood. Additionally, you can add matcha to salt and use it in place of regular salt.
Matcha's not strictly used to make food and beverages. It’s increasingly being used as an ingredient in beauty products and treatments, such as facials, body wraps, hair care formulas, and skin lotions, because of the high concentration of antioxidants it contains.