Japanese Halal Certified Green Tea
The green tea producer's Halal products are sold either on their website, or in certain shops which are usually located in popular tourist destinations.
An easy way for comparing different brands and purchasing your favorite green tea is to shop on online market places like Rakuten Ichiba, where you can also use the occasional discounts offered by the sellers. Most sellers on Rakuten ship internationally as well, a service which you can use for sending souvenirs to friends and relatives back home.
You can always use the Rakuten Global Express services which is best if you want to save on shipping by combining products purchased on multiple different websites into one package.
To help the green tea lovers with the search and comparison, Halal In Japan has listed some of the available brands of Halal certified green teas sold on Rakuten in one place making shopping easier for the community. The list includes large packages for office use and small ones for home use. You can choose from different types; loose leaf, powdered and teabags. There is also a small collection of teapots with reasonable price, which is used for preparing green tea. The new products will be added to the list as they become available.
Health Benefits Of Green Tea
It is believed that one of the healthiest soft drinks known today is green tea. Many of the health benefits associated with green tea are scientifically proven to be true. Green tea can help prevent and treat cancer, namely prostate cancer.
Green tea is manufactured from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis - Theaceae and has been regarded to possess anti-obesity, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral effects.
In one study which was published by "U.S. National Library of Medicine", daily consumption of one cup of green tea was correlated with a lower risk of death from any cause. A separate analysis published by the same organization, found that an increase of three cups of green tea per day was associated with a small lower risk of total mortality in Asians and women.
Green tea has shown to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, and help to prevent a range of heart-related issues. What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; naturally, your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. Of course, no one food will protect you from all kinds of disease, but it can help. Observational studies also found a correlation between daily consumption of green tea and a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, as well as reduced risk of stroke. Nutrition and wellness are intricately inter-linked.
History & Quality Of Japanese Green Tea
Tea seeds were first brought to Japan in the early 9th century by the Buddhist monks who were sent to China to learn about its culture. At the time, tea became a drink of the religious and royal classes. The Zen Buddhist priest Eisai who is credited with bringing both the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism and green tea from China to Japan, advocated that all people, not just Buddhist monks and the elite, drink tea for its health benefits.
The distinctive features for which Japanese tea culture is known today was developed in the beginning of 13th and 14th centuries and the Japanese tea ceremony emerged as a key component of that culture. During the following centuries, production increased and green tea became a staple of the general public.
The oldest tea-producing area in Japan is Uji, located near the capital of Kyoto. The major tea-producing regions include the Island of Kyushu and the prefectures of Shizuoka, Shiga, Gifu, and Saitama.
Because of the limited quantity of green tea that can be produced in Japan, the majority of production is dedicated to the premium tea market. Most Japanese teas are produced by steaming rather than pan firing. This produces their characteristic color, and creates a sweeter and grassier flavor.
Japanese tea production is heavily mechanized, and because of the high cost of labor, only the highest quality teas are plucked and processed by hand in the traditional fashion.
Popular Japanese green teas include: Bancha, Genmaicha, Gyokuro, Hojicha, Kabusecha, Kukicha, Matcha, Sencha and Shincha.