Welcome to the second installment of TEASDAY! Are you a freak about tea as much as I am? Hope to turn you into one. Today we're discussing a Japanese green tea called Genmaicha.
Type: Green tea
Ingredients: Green tea, brown rice
Temperature: 167 degrees Farenheit (well below boiling, green tea is more sensitive than black tea)
Infusion: 2 minutes (2-3 minutes recommended)
Genmaicha tea is made of green tea and roasted rice. It has a naturally savory and toasty flavor, and goes well with breakfast foods as well as seafood. The infused tea has a very light color, almost clear. It also makes an excellent iced tea, for hot summer days, making it a great alternative to sodas and iced coffee.
Pictured above are the dry Genmaicha tea leaves. This tea is sometimes called "popcorn tea" because the rice pops during the process of making Genmaicha.