Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!
You know you’ve seen it: the matcha green tea angel food cakes, and the chocolate and matcha green tea marble cakes and the adzuki bean paste filled chocolate cupcakes with matcha green tea frosting and the…I could go on, for years, really, but I’ll stop now because I think I’ve made my point.
Matcha green tea is ALL OVER the place! And if this were the Brady Brunch, you know the good old regular green tea beverage recipes would be feeling the brunt of matcha’s popularity. Instead of Jan’s ever-famous “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha,” we’re all about the “Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!”
Just how bad is it?
Trader Joe’s is probably one of the biggest perpetrators of the situation. From matcha green tea lattes, to matcha green tea mochi, to yes you read that right, matcha green tea yogurt! They sell all of these products and yes I’ve bought them all.
Sorry Jan, I mean regular green tea: I’m one of them. That matcha green tea powder is just gold in the flavors department and just like the rest of foodie land, I can’t get enough!
But there’s a reason why we’re having all of this, and that’s because it’s not only tastier, it’s better for you. Brainready.com explains that having the whole green tea leaf (aka in the concentrated powder that is matcha powder) is necessary to reap the said benefits to green tea. In other words, all those stroke-preventing, cancer-fighting, cholesterol-boosting benefits they talk about coming from green tea only really happen if you consume the real stuff….the whole green tea lead that isn’t usually found in regular steeped green tea but is found in matcha powder.
So keep baking my friends. Keep experimenting with those matcha flavors. Because thanks to you, the world is not only healthier, it’s tastier.