In my quest to try / do something new each day, I decided that I’d really push myself today and reach for that freebie* sample of mint matcha tea that was loitering in the cupboard. Surely a win all round – not only by tantalising the taste-buds with ‘green goodness’ (according to Pukka) but by using it I was decluttering the cupboard – and I was saving money by not going for my usual caffeinated treat from Buongiorno Italia.
For those that like to know what they’re drinking, the 100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients are…60% sencha green tea, 28% spearmint leaf, 10% fieldmint leaf, 2% Matcha powder. A flavour combination which Pukka’s marketing folks describe as ‘cool, crisp, alive.’ As you know (or soon will) I am not the world’s greatest at describing taste sensations so all I’ll say is…I liked it; it was refreshing and I’d go out and buy some with my hard-earned cash (if I can’t get hold of more free samples!)
I’m also probably one of the few who hadn’t heard about Matcha before. But for anyone else who hasn’t the foggiest about this latest superfood, here’s some blurb…Matcha is a powdered green tea which comes from the same plant as regular green tea. The difference between the two is how it’s grown and processed. One of the things that makes it such a super – drink – is that before being harvested the plants are covered with shade. This increases the production of chlorophyll, making it darker green, sweeter tasting and supposedly full of much more ‘goodness’. Pukka’s research shows that one cup of matcha has 100 times the antioxidants compared to green tea (and green has about double the levels found in black tea). They also say that Matcha is associated with improving health, reducing stress and increasing alertness – but that’s one that you’ll have to decide for yourself.
If mint matcha doesn’t sound like your thing, you can check out Pukka’s full range of teas here >
[FYI – Matcha does contain some caffeine. But, those nutrition folks out there say that the caffeine found in matcha and green tea works together with other compounds to transform into something (technical term!) which our body can break down and make the most of, and you don’t get the comedown that coffee can give you – so the theory is it helps perk you up in a more sustainable and healthy way.]
*Free sample received with my regular Ocado delivery