Tamamidori: The First Cultivar Developed for Making Tamaryokucha

Source: http://agriknowledge.affrc.go.jp

Tamamidori (たまみどり) is a very old tea cultivar, it was registered as Japanese tea cultivar #4 in 1953.

Although it is still being cultivated, it isn’t widely available. I couldn’t find a single picture of tamamidori’s leaves, except for the one in black and white that you can see on the right 🙂

Some Japanese stores sell teas made from this cultivar online, but again, they only showed pictures of the package but not the loose leaf.

Characteristics of tamamidori

This cultivar is used in tamaryokucha, but it can also be made into sencha.

Tamamidori was selected from seedlings from Uji, and it makes a good quality tea.

This normal-budding cultivar is resistant to cold weather and has a good yield at harvest. Unfortunately, it is quite susceptible to some common diseases of the tea plant.

Its leaves are elliptical and of a greenish yellow color, with high luster.

I wish I could tell you about its taste, but I haven’t drank a tea made from this cultivar yet. If I do try it some day, I will update this post.


    November 29, 2014

    Hello Ricardo san,

    Tamamidori is very very rare case to be found even in Japan.
    In my case some of ISE-CHA is called as Tamamidori, as retail product. But I’m not sure it is made by using Tamamidori leaf or not.

    Here I put some more information for your reference.
    The leaves are green with an ellipse.
    Cold resistance is strong, but the yield is large, there is a weak drawback to disease resistance (anthracnose). Quality excellent as steamed ball green tea.

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      November 29, 2014

      Hello Hide san

      As always, thank you for the extra information 🙂


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