Thursday, November 3, 2011

Green Tea

Helen Gustafson wrote The Green Tea User's Manual,
which was published in 2001.    What I am sharing today is from
her book.  Helen was the tea buyer for Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California
and was instrumental in much of the early education in the tea movement.

Green tea has become increasingly popular in the United States, drunk not only
for its delightful taste but for its myriad health benefits.  Many think there is only one green
tea, but indeed there are many different types, such as:  Gunpowder, Sencha, jasmine, roasted
teas, simple green teas, and the popular Japanese Gen Mai Cha, made with popped rice and
green tea.

A quote from her section in the book on The Joys of Green Tea:

When the water boils for the first time,
something akin to the eyes of a fish appear on the surface
and a faint hissing sound can be heard.

Then the gurgling brook develops
with a string of pearls round the edge
This is the second boiling.

Then the turbulent waves appear:  this is the third boiling.
quote by Lu Yu in A.D. 780

Most green teas taste best when the water is somewhere in the Fish Eyes (160-180 F) through
String of Pearls (180-190 F) range.  Experiment with green tea varieties and temperatures
and I do believe you will find delight.