Do you know how matcha is made? The tea leaves that are the raw material for matcha are called “tencha”.
The key to cultivating Tencha is to cover the sprouts that sprout all at once in April, with a black cover to block the sunlight after applying sufficient fertilizer. By blocking the sunlight, the umami ingredients stay on the leaves, creating a unique matcha scent called “covering aroma.”
This image on the right is a tea plantation in Uji, Kyoto, where there is a dedicated tea plantation for nana’s green tea.