Eating Spent Tea Leaves

Brewed gyokuro leaves in houhinIn a previous article, I wrote about how to dry used tea leaves. The idea was to avoid waste by finding another use for your spent tea leaves.

This time let’s see how we can eat the brewed green tea leaves.

Once you finished re-steeping your tea, the tea leaves still have a lot of nutrients in them. Some of them, like for example vitamin E, aren’t water soluble so you’ll never obtain them just by steeping in hot water.

Spent tea leaves in a dishIf you are brewing an expensive tea like gyokuro, you might want to fully use the high-quality leaves. Sometimes I do the same for sencha leaves that I like a lot.

Spent tea leaves smell wonderful and you can easily add them to all types of dishes, the most common being salads. The good news is that tea leaves have almost no calories to begin with.

Eating spent tea leavesWhile there are many recipes for using tea leaves, I’ll just show you a quick and common way to eat them. Just add a little soy sauce, or ponzu sauce if you can find one.

Be careful not to add too much, just sprinkle a bit on top of the leaves. I did this mistake once and ruined my gyokuro leaves :-(

Try using them as soon as possible though, because when they are wet they degrade quicker.

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5 Responses to Eating Spent Tea Leaves

  1. I love eating spent leaves and will occasionally nibble on dry ones too. Already infused gyokuro works great in white rice.

  2. I am notorious for eating my spent Genmai Cha leaves, I mean it already is like a meal with all the yummy rice! One time I made a soup out of it with dashi and a little bit of salmon…that was good times.

  3. I love Tea s but I love Green Tea alot. I also enjoy eating spent green tea leaves like a real meal, especially as light breakfast.

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