Hey, it’s not the ’90s anymore, so ditch the plain old green tea and switch to matcha, a green tea that’s packed with loads more phytonutrients and even comes with its own traditional Zen Buddhist brewing ceremony (participation optional).Unlike regular green tea, matcha is produced by taking the—well, let’s just say that, between the tea bush and your kitchen, there’s some very picky leaf-picking, air-drying, and stem-plucking, which creates a high-quality tea powder that can lower your risk of heart disease and even cancer.To brew matcha, try this quick-and- dirty formula: Sift
2 tsp. matcha into
a bowl. Set a pot of water to boil, but remove it just before it does. Pour 2 oz. of hot water in the bowl, and whisk till frothy.As for the ages-old preparation ritual, it involves kimonos, bells, barefoot bowing, and, at one point, sayeth Wikipedia, a nakadachi, a break so the host can “sweep the tea room, take down the scroll, and replace it with a flower arrangement.”Or, yeah, you could just pick up a cup at Starbucks. Better yet, try blending matcha into your food—it's simple with the following nine recipes.