Cultivation

METHODS FOR SHADING THE TEA BUSHES DURING CULTIVATION

The straw canopy The straw canopy [本簾被覆; honzu hifuku] is mainly used for the cultivation of shade grown tea bushes used to produce gyokuro and tencha. On top of a shelf-like structure traditionally fashioned out of wood – but contemporarily for ease-of-labor reasons also to be found in stone – a layer of bamboo-reed blinds …

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TEA CULTIVATION: HOW BLANKETING METHODS BECAME PART OF THE PROCESS

The tea bush is known to produce amino acids during tea cultivation. These are transferred to the fresh buds for their initial development. When the sunlight reaches those buds, photosynthesis occurs and causes these amino acids to change into catechin. While amino acids are chemical components that are responsible for a sweet, umami flavor, catechin components imbue the final product with a rather bitter taste.

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