Japanese Matcha is essentially derived from and composed of green tea leaves. It is a type of green tea that is made by taking the young leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. Good quality matcha when brewed is bright green in color, smooth in texture and has a slightly sweet taste. Japanese Matcha Green tea is essentially derived from green tea leaves. The tea bushes that produce matcha are grown in the shade as opposed to those bushes that produce sencha which are grown in the sunlight. Growing the bushes in the shade increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves which enhances the green color and also protects the nutrients in the leaves. Matcha is made by taking the young leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. Matcha powder has a strikingly bright emerald green color and a distinct flavor. Since it is the powdered form of green tea leaves it has a greater potency than its leafy counterpart and in terms of flavor it has earthy elements with notes of sweetness. As Matcha is derived from and composed of green tea leaves, it is abounding in antioxidants known as catechins which play a vital role in fighting inflammation as well as polyphenols which are natural compounds that are associated with many health benefits. The versatility of Matcha powder assures you of all the nutritional benefits that are associated with green tea and it is also widely used in many desserts and other sweet and savory recipes.