Eden Organic Sencha Uji Cha Loose Green Tea
Organic Sencha Uji Cha Loose Green Tea by Eden Foods
Eden Organic Sencha is Eden Organic Bancha. Although the name is different, it is the very same tea. Different types of green tea are made by harvesting at certain times in the season and by various traditional curing methods. The first tender Spring leaves are harvested for Sencha green tea. For years we have been offering Eden Organic Bancha as "the new first tender Spring tea leaves." To better reflect the actual harvest time and curing process for our finest green tea, we changed the name to Eden Organic Sencha. The delicious flavor, aroma and color are the same, only the name has changed.
EDEN Organic Sencha Green Tea is made from the prized, first, tender spring leaves. The freshly picked leaves are immediately and gently steamed, rubbed into thin curls while warm, slowly dried in gas fired rotating ovens, allowed to cool, and then immediately packaged to seal in its fresh flavor and aroma. Soothing sencha, more than any other tea, has the fresh flavor of just picked tea leaves. Rubbing the leaves preserves beneficial antioxidants as well as the deep emerald green color of the leaves that release their unique flavor and delightful aroma when steeped. These time consuming techniques have been known for centuries to be essential in providing the experience sought by tea lovers the world over. EDEN Organic Sencha Green Tea is a beautiful light green when steeped, and contains 41 percent less caffeine than regular brewed coffee.
All true teas stem from the plant Camellia sinensis, an attractive perennial shrub about five feet tall with gentle rounded leaves and tender twigs. Tea becomes green, black, or other varieties depending upon the time of harvest, and the way it is cured and handled. Tea begins to oxidize as soon as it is picked. Chinese and English teas allow oxidation to proceed as they dry, but with Japanese traditional green tea, oxidation is skillfully halted by the steaming and rubbing process. Revered for over 4,000 years as a medicinal herb in China, the tea bush was introduced to Japan in 1191 and quickly became the national beverage respectfully called 'o-cha', meaning honorable tea.
EDEN Sencha is organically grown on remote, centuries old tea plantations of Uji, Japan by the Nagata family. In early spring, Uji farmers cover their plants with dark netting or traditional woven bamboo screens to protect the first tender young leaves from the harsh rays of the afternoon sun. Most farmers process these first spring leaves into 'gyokuro' (jewel tea), Japan's rarest, most expensive tea, and the one used to make ceremonial, matcha powdered green tea. Unlike most farmers, the Nagatas process their first, most prized leaves into Sencha. While most tea farmers spray their plants with chemicals fifteen to twenty times per year, the Nagata family has rejected chemical agriculture completely. They do not use animal manure, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides and replenish nutrients in their topsoil only with vegetable quality compost. The Nagatas are somewhat of a curiosity to the neighboring tea farmers. Their plants are not overly protected and pampered, and are allowed to grow according to their own pattern. Although they harvest slightly less tea than those using the pampered and chemical methods, their tea plants produce tea for twice as long a period of time. Chemically grown plants burn out in about twenty years, but the Nagata plants commonly produce for forty years, and some for as long as one hundred years. The Nagata family has supplied natural food shops around the world with organic sencha and other organic teas since 1974.
Uji is the historical name for the surrounding districts near and including the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto. It is here that the Buddhist priest Myo-e planted Uji's first :" ":ered to be the birthplace of Japan's green tea, and is famous for producing the best quality green tea there. Tea from this area is so highly regarded that it is respectfully referred to as Uji-cha (tea from Uji). Uji's rich, slightly acidic soil is ideal for growing tea bushes; and the early morning mist from the Uji river that winds through the valleys and surrounding hillsides, moistens the leaves of the plants and shields them from the sun. Uji's landscape is quilted with acres of centuries old tea fields.
The flavor of tea reflects the soil it is grown in, the season picked, and the curing process. EDEN Sencha is tended adhering to strict organic practices. The Nagatas are dedicated to organic farming. This dedication is also reflected in the use of skillfully executed traditional handling methods that preserve and enhance the tea's flavor and antioxidant nutrients resulting in exceedingly fine organic green tea. To protect and preserve the flavor, fresh cut aroma, and healthful antioxidant nutrients, we package our loose Sencha Green Tea in convenient, protective, light shielding pouches that can be resealed after each use.
Green tea has been the focus of medical research in many countries over the past decade. These studies affirm green tea's healthful properties. Powerful antioxidants, including epigallocatechins gallate, tannins and flavonoids, all collectively referred to as "catechins" are cited. These polyphenols account for up to 40 percent of the tea's dry weight.
EDEN Organic Traditional Teas contain no added flavorings or dyes, and are not processed using any additives whatsoever.
Eden organic Sencha Green Tea Camellia sinensis is the finest in Japan, Uji Cha. The earliest Spring leaves from the Kyoto area are tended, harvest and prepared exactly as they have been for centuries. Freshly picked leaves are immediately steamed and rubbed releasing their flavor and aroma while preserving the bright green color before drying. These traditional techniques are essential in providing the experience sought by tea lovers the world over. An uplifting tea with healthy antioxidant 'catechins' and 41% less caffeine than coffee. Freshly steeped loose tea leave produce the most satisfying pot of tea. Eden teas never contain artificial coloring, additivies or chemicals.
Place 1 teaspoon leaves in a small teapot. Bring 1 cup water almost to a boil, pour over leaves, cover and steep 2 minute or so. Boiling water and over steeping are not recommended. Strain to remove leaves.
Organic Sencha Green Tea Leaves Camellia sinensis
About Eden Foods
Eden was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1968 by a group of friends who were trying to source good food. They were motivated by their studies of a worldwide phenomenon centered upon macrobiotics and its principles of whole grains, plant based protein, and locally grown food produced without toxic chemicals, etc. Because they couldn't find this kind of food in the grocery stores, they started the Eden Food co-op, placing $200 orders to Erewhon in Boston and Chico-San in California. They also began traveling rural roads to find farmers who were interested in organic farming methods. The Eden co-op became a natural food store offering whole grains and beans, soyfoods, sea vegetables, miso, cereals, vegetable oils, sesame butter, nut butters, and the like.
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