This compound has been shown to relieve allergy symptoms.
That has been the main reason why powdered benifuuki green tea has become popular in Japan.
Thanks to www.japanesegreenteain.com I received a complete pack of benifuuki green tea powder.
Since I also suffer from allergies, I’ll tell you about my experience with this tea.
Reviewing a benifuuki green tea powder
The recommendations are to drink this tea daily, and for an extended period of time. I have been drinking it daily for a month.
At least 3 grams a day would be ideal, but that’s where I find it somewhat inconvenient.
Normally, one should serve it with about 120 ml (4 oz) of hot water and drink it four times a day.
Four times a day is too much for me, not because I don’t drink that much tea but because I don’t like to drink the same type of tea so often.
Anyway, the powder has a fresh aroma, although it has much less sweetness and overall depth than a matcha.
Once prepared it appears to be a very mild tea. It’s not bad.
Most people would find it easy to drink. It isn’t bitter nor astringent. So far so good.
I also tried two times a day instead of four, preparing with 1.5 grams of tea for 200 ml (6.6 oz) of water. The flavor is pretty much the same.
I drink matcha every morning, so decided to kill two birds with one stone and drink this tea as a matcha as well. With 1.5 grams per matcha, I would only need to take it twice a day.
Perhaps the taste would be bolder that way also.
Benifuuki powder prepared as a matcha
It didn’t foam so easily, as you can see in the picture.
Both the appearance and taste remind me of a culinary grade matcha.
There is a noticeable astringency and bitterness. The aftertaste feels very dry, and there isn’t much sweetness at all.
In conclusion, preparing it as a matcha might not be such a good idea after all. But if you already drink culinary matcha daily, the substitution would be an easy one.
I kept drinking it that way for a full month to see if my allergy symptoms would decrease.
I found that they were reduced, but not eliminated. For a person like me, it was a good outcome because I have allergic episodes each week.
I’m left with mixed feelings about this tea. While it has a positive effect regarding health, having to drink it daily as a medicine and at the right dose sort of takes the joy out of drinking green tea.
For casual tea drinkers with allergies, this tea can be a good choice. But in my case, I like to drink different types of green tea each day.
Another option would be to use it for culinary purposes and thus consume the daily dose in a different form, but I didn’t go that far.
Still, this cultivar isn’t so common, so you might want to give it a try.