Need to kick the caffeine habit or boost your nutrient intake? Japanese Twig Tea (Kukicha) is a very mild tea that is also beneficial for digestion. It is made from the stems, stalks, and twigs of the tea plant.
Twig Tea has many health benefits. It is strongly alkalizing and contains an array of nutrients including calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and A, flavonoids and catechins. George Ohsawa, the famous macrobiotic teacher, recommended Twig Tea as one of the most balancing of beverages. It is also low in oxalate and very low in caffeine (only tiny amounts).
Twig Tea should be made with hot, not boiling water. Boil the water and let it settle for a few moments. Then pour the hot water on the tea and allow it to steep for up to three minutes or less, but no longer so it doesn’t become bitter. Most health food stores carry organic Twig Tea in bulk or in tea bags, and you can easily find it online. Note that Twig Tea (Kukicha) is different than Bancha tea, which contains twigs and leaves.
Take an afternoon break and enjoy the unique aroma and the sweet, nutty, and creamy flavor of this healthful tea. Or incorporate it as your wake up beverage, instead of acidic, caffeine laden coffee.
To your health!