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Healthy twig tea

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!


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  1. You know I am a tea fan and a fan of all things Japanese, Sandra, but I haven’t heard of this. So glad to learn something new. Does it taste bitter, like green tea, all new taste?

    • Hello Farnoosh, Twig tea will only taste bitter if you steep it too long! Not more than 3 minutes and less if that’s better for you. It has a wonderful aroma and taste, but we are all different in that regard! Glad to be able to share this with you.

  2. Have you heard about Earl Grey Lavender tea. An Awardwinning’s a sort of oolong tea..good for health and stress….very good and mild..Never heard about this Japanese tea from Twig…I have to check this…

    Green tea comes from the beautiful camellia flower/teaflower! Very intresting reading….all the different processing to make tea from the leaves…..

    • I haven’t heard of the Earl Grey Lavender tea, sounds very nice. I’m not quite sure if the twig tea is a green tea too, just using the twigs instead of the rest of the plant. There are so many nice teas in the world!

  3. Rae

    I have found Kukicha but i can no longer find Bancha. Do you jnow where I can order some?

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