Matcha is best known as the powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is also used to make green tea ice cream and other tea-flavored delicacies. Matcha is the strongest of green teas, with a bittersweet taste and a thick, slightly foamy texture.
To make the tea the powder is put into a bowl, hot water is added to it then it is whipped with a bamboo whisk until it reaches the desired consistency. Unlike most teas, the leaves themselves are consumed - not just the infusion, the reason many believe matcha to be the healthiest tea.
[green teas] [Japanese tea ceremony]