Matcha is a delicious kind of green tea that is culturally important to the people of Japan. It comes in powdered form and is much smoother and more aromatic than normal green tea. The tea plants used to make matcha are grown in the shade and then the leaves are ground. Matcha powder is bright green, giving this drink its characteristic color that distinguishes it from other teas.
Matcha contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, and antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
Traditionally matcha is enjoyed as a tea: mix one teaspoon of matcha powder to 6 ounces of water, whisked together fully to dissolve the powder, and form a light froth. You can also add it to smoothies, juice, ice cream, and desserts.