Kukicha green tea is one of the traditional Japanese teas that is made from the young twigs, stalks and stems of the plant Camellia sinensis. The tea, therefore, is also popular as bōcha or twig tea.
The tea has sweet and nutty taste. Its flavor is quite different from other types of green tea as it is made from parts that are skipped in production of other teas. Besides the tea is regarded to be a friendly drink for children as it contains very low caffeine naturally.
How is twig tea made?
Kukicha green tea is made using the tender stems and twigs of the C. sinensis plant. It is slightly roasted, and holds a lasting sweet flavor with a green-gold infusion and a creamy texture.
How is twig tea different from other teas?
Kukicha tea is different from popular green teas like matcha and sencha green teas, which are prepared using the leaves and buds. It is composed of stems and twigs (hence, twig tea) which are excluded in the preparation of other teas.
As these parts of the plant contain less caffeine than the leaves, kukicha contains much less caffeine than other green teas. The caffeine content of kukicha is approximately 25 mg per 8 fl. oz.
How to make Kukicha tea?
What You’ll Need
- A tea pot
- 60 ml water
- 1 tbsp. kukicha tea
- A cup
- Boil about 60 ml of water in a tea pot
- Add a tablespoon of kukicha in the cup
- Pour the boiled water into a cup
- Steep it for 2-3 minutes. Leave for a longer time if you want a concentrated flavor
Benefits of Kukicha Green Tea
The most important benefit of kukicha green tea is its calcium content. Kukicha is supposed to have ample amount of calcium.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Apart from calcium, kukicha has vitamins such as vitamin A, B complex and C. It also consists of minerals like manganese, fluoride, and zinc.
Benefits Common with Other Green Teas
Kukicha contains similar compounds and minerals like other green teas. Hence, this tea offers similar health benefits like other green tea.
Kukicha can help you lose weight
Catechins present in green teas boosts thermogenesis which might help you shed those extra pounds.
Maintains oral health
Its fluoride content can prevent bacterial infections and reduce plaque. It can also reduce bad breath.
Maintains cardiovascular health
Green tea catechins are beneficial to keep your heart healthy. They help in reducing blood pressure and inhibiting harmful cholesterol levels.
Kukicha keeps your skin rejuvenated. It does so by reducing oil secretion, checking inflammation and reducing acne.
L-theanine, an amino acid found in green teas, helps in reducing stress levels and promotes calmness.
Side Effects of Twig Tea
Reacts with certain drugs
The elements present in green tea may react if it is mixed up with certain chemical compounds of different medicines. You should talk to your health expert before drinking the tea.
Avoid drinking green tea in an empty stomach
When you drink green tea in empty stomach or while fasting, it may cause gastrointestinal problems such as constipation.