Green Tea and Menopause - Benefits of Green Tea
The benefits of drinking green tea are well documented in Asia, North America, and Europe. Here in Japan the tea of choice is Gokurotea, which is regarded as the highest standard of tea you can buy in Japan. Tea comes in a variety of different forms and grades, each with its own benefits. Most Japanese teas have antioxidant properties that not only fight against aging, but also cancer. Studies have shown that regular consumption of tea can reduce chances of breast cancer in women in high risk groups.
The Japanese have been drinking tea for centuries and as a result have been enjoying some of the longest life expectancies in the world. Now, when it comes to menopause green tea is one of the best options available. Tea reduces hot flashes and it increases your energy so that you feel less fatigue. Green tea also alleviates many of the other discomforts associated with menopause and aging, such as stress and disorientation.
When brewing green tea you should be very careful about the temperature of the teapot and cup. The cup and teapot need to be at the same temperature. Remember, one pouring per steeping. Never just let water remain and become cold. How Gyokuro is brewed is quite different from other sencha. The greatest appellation attached to this tea is called Yame, a small town in Fukuoka, Japan where more than 40% of Gyokuro is produced.
If you want to enjoy eating green tea then a simple recipe is at the bottom. Enjoy.
Tea Tempura Recipe:
1) Picked green tea (cut into halves)
2) Dried shrimp As much as you like.
3) Onion 1/2
4) Flour 1 cup.
5) Cold water 1 cup
6) Cooking oil: a lot (1/2 a pan)
How to cook:
1) Thinly slice the onion
2) Make batter: mix cold water and flour.
3) Mix batter, tea shrimp and onion.
4) Ladle out 3, and dip into cooking oil slowly (pre-heated to 170 degrees C / 340 degrees F
5) When it floats, poke it with long chopsticks several times to sink it (*don't flip it over!).
Cooking Hint - To produce a crispy finish
1) Check the oil temperature
2) Don't over-beat the batter mix
3) Fry only enough at one time to cover about half the surface of oil in order to allow the ingredients to move freely.
4) It is important to keep the oil temperature constant while frying.
5) Use flour (not flour for bread). In Japan, they sell special flour for tempura, it is easy to deep-fry.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.