Matcha is made from whole, young green tea leaves grown on green tea bushes that are kept under shade. The shade increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves, which is what makes them bright green & full of nutrients. After the leaves are hand picked, the stems & veins are removed. The entire leaf is delicately & finely ground into a silky smooth powder, as a way of maintaining the highest levels of nutrients. Matcha is known for its health-promoting properties, boosting the metabolism, aiding in weight loss, promoting a state of relaxation & also for detoxifying and cleansing the body. Additionally, matcha is one of the highest sources of antioxidants, possessing as much as twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries. Matcha can be used in a variety of beverage applications from simply making the tea by whisking the powder into hot water. You can also add your favorite milk (almond, oat, etc) to make a delicious matcha latte. You can also add your favorite milk (almond, oat, etc) to make a delicious matcha latte. Try adding matcha powder to smoothies or to sparkling water for a refreshing & energizing drink, even in martini’s! It can also be added to other foods, like smoothie bowls, salad dressings, breads, baking, cupcakes, icing and pastries, for both its color and flavor.