Hojicha is a type of green tea that originates from Japan. It has a roasted, toasted flavor and can last for many infusions. Hojicha has many health benefits like its ability to prevent cancer and heart diseases; relax the nervous system and is low in caffeine. Hojicha tea has a unique flavor that may not be liked by everyone, but it is worth a try. Read on to know more about Hojicha tea, its origin, and health benefits along with the complete guide and recipe to prepare Hojicha tea at home.
Origin of Hojicha
Hojicha has its origin in Japan as mentioned before. In Japan, this type of green tea is also known as Hoji Tea or Ho-cha, which is short for ho – meaning roasted and Ji being the Japanese term for tea leaves. To make Hojicha, firstly fresh green tea leaves are harvested and then they are piled up into loose piles and then roasted. The roasting process reduces the moisture content in the tea leaves and then they are cooled. After cooling, Hojicha tea is sorted into smaller pieces before transporting it to tea manufacturing facilities for further processing like sifting it, removing stems, etc.
Preparation of Hojicha Tea
Hojicha can be prepared after following simple steps at home with any kind of tea preparation equipment like an infuser, strainer, or teapot. However, using a Hojichas sock to prepare Hojicha works best because Hojicha absorbs water quickly so steeping time would be less than normal green teas that may take more than 5 minutes while preparing Cha. Just fill the Hojicha sock with Hojicha tea leaves, close it up and steep it for 1-2 minutes. Hojo Cha can be prepared in the same way as Hojicha after following these simple steps.
Hojicha Health Benefits
Hojicha is a good source of antioxidants that help to fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Hojichas ability to provide relief from symptoms associated with cancer has been scientifically proven by researchers at Tokyo University Medical Center. It helps reduce the risk of heart diseases by lowering LDL cholesterol levels which are not healthy for cardiac health while increasing HDL cholesterol levels which are beneficial to heart health. Hojicha tea also provides relief from symptoms caused due to menopause. Hojicha also relaxes the nervous system by reducing anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. Hojicha tea is mildly diuretic because it contains caffeine that does not let water remain in our bodies while removing toxins. Hojicha is low in caffeine while green teas are high in caffeine which makes Hojicha a great drink for people with sleep disorders.
Hojichas unique flavor comes from its toasted or roasted flavor so following this recipe can help you enjoy Hojichas unique taste:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2 teaspoons of finely ground Hojo cha (About 4 grams)
8 oz. Boiling water
Put the Hojicha in a Hojichas sock and tie it up.
Place the Hojichas sock in boiling water for about ten minutes or until dark brown.
Remove the Hojichas sock and enjoy your Hoji tea!
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