Shimane

A 3-post collection,

August 2017 - Mugicha from Shimane

Summer 2017 has come! We selected a Mugicha (麦茶) from Izumo (出雲) in the prefecture of Shimane (島根). Mugicha According to some archives, Japanese people were already drinking Mugicha during the Heian area (9th century). Mugicha is popular as a beverage for the summer. We never forget to prepare Mugicha at home during summer. Mugicha is very rich in minerals such as zinc or silicon which are very good for skin. Since Mugicha also has an antioxidant effect, it might
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July 2017 - Zaracha from Shimane

I had never heard of Zaracha (ざら茶) until my friend told me about this tea. He recently went to Tsuwano (津和野) in the prefecture of Shimane (島根) to make this tea. Jumping on this opportunity, I decided to choose Zaracha for this month. Zaracha Zaracha (ざら茶) is not made from green tea leaves, like Sencha or Hōjicha, but from Kawaraketsumei (河原決明), a kind of annual plant widespread in western Japan. According to a legend, the great Buddhist master called Kōbō
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September 2016 - Kukicha from Shimane

This month we selected a Kukicha (茎茶) from Izumo (出雲) in the prefecture of Shimane (奈良). Kukicha Kukicha (茎茶) literally means a tea (茶) made of stalks or stems (茎). We also call it Bōcha (棒茶), but the latter is more wildly used in the prefecture of Ishikawa (see the blogpost of November 2015). To prepare Kukicha, first of all we steam the tea leaves and stems right after harvest and dry them with warm air, not too hot in
- September 2016 - Kukicha from Shimane

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