In Japan, some teas are deprived of light


29 October 2010
In Japan, some teas are deprived of light

In Japan, there are teas grown in the light, and teas grown in the shade. These shaded teas, which are called “Kabusecha” here, are deprived of light for three weeks before harvest. This inhibits the process of photosynthesis in the leaves, meaning the tea plant must draw heavily on its own store of nutrients. This changes the chemical composition of the leaves as well as the aromatic properties.

In terms of flavour, it makes the tea smoother and more delicate, and it develops less bitterness. The best known “Kabusecha” tea is called Gyokuro, which has distinctive dark green, fine, glossy leaves.

In this photo I took very near Shizuoka, you can see how some of the tea plants have been covered by a large tarpaulin to shade them from the light.

You like this post?
Comment
0 thoughts on “In Japan, some teas are deprived of light

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share

Similar articles

Matcha is crushed in a stone mill

15 February 2011

In Japan, a special tea is served during the Cha No Yu, the famous tea ceremony. It is called Matcha. Matcha differs in appearance from other Japanese teas in that…

Share on Facebook. Tweet this!

Tea plants under canvas shaded from the sun

25 May 2010

With the wonderful weather we’ve had in France over the past few days, we have to remember to protect ourselves from the sun. Did you know that tea plants also…

Share on Facebook. Tweet this!

“High grown” and “low grown” teas

30 March 2010

In the south of Sri Lanka the altitude is low and the vegetation very dense. The tea plantations, which are small in this region, are surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. The…

Share on Facebook. Tweet this!

In Japan, people eat green tea

24 August 2010

In Japan, people sometimes eat green tea leaves. In that case, it’s usually exceptional teas whose leaves have been previously used to prepare tea. You can see how it is prepaped…

Share on Facebook. Tweet this!