Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea
Genmaicha is a blend of Bancha (lower grade Sencha) green tea and toasted rice. It can also be made with gyokuro, sencha, or houji. Often referred to as 'popcorn tea', because of the popped rice you find in the blend, it was originally blended to thin out traditional Sencha green tea, making it go further and lowering the price in times of economic hardship and low tea supplies. The infusion has a pale yellow/green color and the roasted flavor of the brown rice give a savory quality to the tea, reminiscent of nuts. Because of this savory quality, this tea is often consumed by tea lovers who are fasting.
Ingredients: Green tea from Japan and toasted rice.