13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

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13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Relaxing while sipping tea and enjoying the atmosphere in the afternoon really feels good. Especially if there is a snack as a side dish. Yes, talking about your favorite drink, tea is definitely one of the ones on your list. And as we know, there are many variants of tea in the world. Just like in Japan, you could say this is a tea lover's paradise, because you can find a variety of tea variants that are certainly delicious to taste.

Tea itself began to enter Japan in the Nara period (710-794) when at that time many Japanese envoys were sent to China. Thanks to this, Japan's early interactions with tea were often associated with Buddhism and high society. Later tea culture began to develop in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when tea beans were brought to Kyoto by Eisai, the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, culminating in the Japanese sado tea ceremony.

In Japan, there are several tea-producing regions with their own characteristics. Like in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture with its tea which has a sweeter and slightly bitter taste. Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture with their high-end gyukoro green tea. Kagoshima Prefecture is the second largest tea producing region in Japan with a guaranteed delicious taste of tea. Ise, Mie Prefecture with its famous tea for its high levels of amino acid theanine and its delicate sweet taste. Uji, Kyoto Prefecture with its famous matcha tea. And Yame, Fukuoka with gyokuro green tea which is always a hit.

Furthermore, related to tea, as previously explained, Japan has many tea variants ranging from classic teas to alternative teas. [post_ads]

Classic Types of Tea

For classic teas, you can find this type of tea almost anywhere in Japan. And here are the classic Japanese tea variants:

1. Jasmine Tea ジャスミン茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Jasmine tea is one of the drinks of choice in Okinawa, and is known locally as sanpincha. This tea was first introduced through trade between the Ryukyu kingdom (the name Okinawa when it became an independent country) and China. This tea is made by combining jasmine flowers with green tea as the base ingredient.

2. Oolong 烏龍茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Oolong is tea made using oxidized tea leaves. This distinctive, brown colored tea is often found in ready-to-drink packs in convenience store refrigerators.

3. Matcha 抹茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Matcha is the most popular type of tea. You can find it in almost every food menu, especially in dessert. Matcha is born from high-quality green tea leaves that are grown in the shade and then crushed into a fine powder. Tea, which became one of the most potent cures in ancient times, eventually became the focus of the Japanese tea ceremony. [post_ads_2]

4. Genmaicha 玄米茶 (Brown Rice Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Genmaicha is a type of mixed tea between green tea and roasted brown rice. This type of tea is one that has an affordable price. This type of tea has an umami flavor that makes the audience feel like they are being served food.

5. Koucha 紅茶 (Black Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Koucha literally translates as red tea. This tea originated in China during the 17th century. And although not as popular as the green tea variety, it is one of the staples in Japanese homes. In Japan, this type of tea is usually served with milk and sugar or what is commonly known as Royal Milk Tea.

6. Houjicha 焙じ茶 (Roasted Green Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Houjicha is green tea that is picked last during the harvest season and then roasted. Houjicha was originally made in Kyoto over 100 years ago. This low-caffeine tea has a soft taste and a strong fragrance. It is suitable for beginners who want to enjoy tea. [post_ads]

7. Ryokucha 緑茶 (Japanese Green Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Ryokucha is the mainstay of green tea in Japan. There are three types of ryokucha that you need to know: First, there is Gyokuro (玉露) which is planted in the shade for at least 20 days before it can only be picked at the first round of harvest; Second, there is Sencha (煎茶) which is one of the most prominent. This tea is chosen early and is not grown in the shade; Third, there is the Bancha (番 茶) which is harvested last and is of the lowest quality. However, this type of tea is one that has a delicious taste.

Alternative Types of Tea

Alternative teas also use the starch of tea, namely 茶, but technically this type of tea does not meet the criteria as 'tea' because it does not contain tea leaves in its ingredients. However, in terms of enjoyment, this type of tea should not be underestimated. And here are the alternative Japanese tea variants:

1. Gobocha ゴボウ茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Gobocha is made from 'gobo' shavings or burdock root. This tea with its very organic taste and strong aroma is believed to have health benefits and is often drunk by those who are dieting or looking to improve skin tone. [post_ads_2]

2. Sobacha 蕎麦茶 (Soba Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Sobacha is a type of caffeine-free tea that is full of antioxidants. This type of tea is made from roasted buckwheat seeds, the same type that is used to make buckwheat noodles in Japan.

3. Sakuracha 桜茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Sakuracha uses the basic ingredients of Japan's most loved flower, namely sakura. It is not strange anymore to see many other foods that also add sakura as their flavor variant. Having a fresh aroma, this tea is perfect to enjoy while enjoying the cherry blossoms in April and May.

4. Mugicha 麦 茶 (Barley Tea)

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Similar to sobacha, this tea made from roasted barley is also caffeine-free. Mugicha is popular as a summer drink, because it is often served cold. [post_ads]

5. Amacha 甘茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Amacha is a Japanese herbal tea made from ajisai (hydrangea) leaves. This tea is caffeine free and, most surprisingly, it is even calorie free. Making it the most suitable sweet-tasting drink to drink without leaving a feeling of guilt.

6. Kombucha 昆布茶

13 Types and Variations Japanese Tea Too Delicious and Healthy

Kombucha is tea made from seaweed. Kombu seaweed, which is dried and then mashed, produces a bitter and savory taste. [post_ads_2]

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