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Raising the Sprout of a Tea Plant

What kind of bush does tea come from?The tea plant is related to the camellia plant, and it’s an evergreen which keeps its leaves through the winter.That’s why it can also be used as an ikebana plant. In spring, the season for Shincha, the light green buds begin to grow, Fall, sometime around October, white chabana flowers similar to a small version of the camellia’s begin to bloom. Planting a Tea BushThe best time for planting a tea plant is between the beginning of March and the end of May, but as long as you aren’t in a period of...

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You Can Easily Make Your Own Tea at Home

How to Make TeaPick 100 grams of newly sprouting tea leaves, which grow in sprouts of three leaves.Wash the raw tea leaves in water to clean them, and then shake off excess water.*It’s okay if the leaves are still dampPlace the leaves into a microwavable container (something which can stand the heat).Place saran wrap over the leaves.Place the container containing the leaves into a microwave, and microwave for 3 minutes at 500 watts to steam.*Steam the tea leaves as quickly as possible after picking.*If the leaves oxidize they’ll turn brown in color, so be careful.*The leaves can also be steamed...

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When to drink Japanese green tea

There are types of green tea which match well with any occasion, with types good for sending as presents, those good for putting out for guests, those for relaxing, and even those for enjoying with food. When choosing tea, you can gain an even deeper appreciation for tea if you picture the time and place for drinking the tea, the feeling it will bring, and choose teas which match what you have in mind. I’ll be introducing you to a method of choosing tea which matches the tea with the time, place, and occasion for drinking, and which also takes...

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How is the Price of Tea Developed

For both Sencha and Matcha, there are teas of many different price levels available. While it makes sense that the more expensive teas taste good, I’d like to explain a bit more about the various factors affecting the price.These three things most strongly affect the pricing:1. The quality of the teaOf course, the quality of the tea affects the price more than anything. Premium teas appear glossy, and are stuffed full of nutrients which give them a good weight. The flavor contains a large amount of umami compounds. and they have a wonderful fragrance. On top of this, the color...

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