Gyokuro, which is also known as jade dew, is a shaded green tea originated from Japan.
Gyokuro green tea is different from Sencha as it is grown under shade unlike the later. Its taste has been characterized as mellow and sweet.
How is Gyokuro made?
Gyokuro bushes are kept in shade for several weeks before harvesting. Gyokuro green tea is made with the earliest buds of the harvest during the spring.
This ensures the high chlorophyll content in the tea leaves and also their dark green color.
The smooth, soft and rich flavor of gyokuro comes from the high amounts of amino acids, especially L-theanine.
How is Gyokuro different from other teas?
The processing method of gyokuro is similar to that of sencha, but it differs from sencha in its cultivation.
How to prepare Gyokuro green tea?
What You’ll Need
- A tea pot
- A cup of water
- A teaspoon of Gyokuro tea leaves
- Take a tea pot and boil a cup of water.
- Then, let the hot water get cooler just about 90 to 100 degrees Celsius
- Now, pour the water into a cup. This will allow the temperature of water to decrease more ranging between 60-70 degrees Celsius.
- Add a teaspoon of Gyokuro leaves into the cup.
- Leave for 2 to 3 minutes.
Benefits of Gyokuro green tea
Fights with Free Radicals
Gyokuro, similar to all green teas, is not fermented and has several natural elements like flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and polyphenols.
Among these chemicals, few play the role of powerful antioxidants that wipes out free radicals as well as environmental pollutants that harm our body.
Minimizes the Chances of Cancer
The polyphenols found in green tea, including EGCG, prevent cancerous cell from growing in newly diagnosed patients.
Lessen Your Risk for Diabetes
Like any other type of green tea, gyokuro green tea helps in balancing the level of glucose in the body.
Type 1 diabetes patients make very less or no insulin at all. Insulin is a hormone that transforms sugar into energy.
Though there are insufficient research, drinking Gyokuro green tea may help to maintain insulin level in the body. One of the animal research found that green tea may prevent type 1 diabetes and reduce its development.
Green tea is a popular option for those who want to lose weight.
Catechins found in green tea, especially EGCG, helps in weight loss by increasing thermogenic activity and fat oxidation in the body.
Majority of green teas, including gyokuro tea, are packed with antioxidants.
You can use green tea topically as well to get refreshed, beautiful and healthy skin.
Side Effects of Gyokuro
Gyokuro contains caffeine which may cause palpitations, insomnia or dizziness in some people if it is consumed in excess amount.
May Cause Stomach Irritation - When consumed in an empty stomach, the tannins in the tea can bring on gastrointestinal problems.
Bad for Pregnant Women - Although there are no ample researches, pregnant women are advised to limit their daily green tea intake to under 4 cups.
Reacts with Certain Drugs - If you are under medication, it would be better to consult your physician first before drinking gyokuro.