10 ways to sweeten Sencha Green Tea
Sencha is the most commonly found and largely produced green tea in Japan. It is grown in full sunlight and harvested in late spring. Due to being exposed to sunlight, its leaves are dark green with a grassy aroma and astringency flavoured. Although, most people like it just the way it is, much bitter.
However, many avoid it due to its taste but worry not because we have listed ten low-calorie sweetener or sugar substitutes to add in Sencha and make it better. These ingredients are all-natural, healthy, and add just the right amount of sweetness to your green tea.
Adding honey is a traditional way of sweetening your green tea. It has fewer calories than sugar and more health benefits. It makes your green tea taste much better and healthier. You can either use raw honey or a combination of honey and apple. Both work and makes your tea a whole lot better. Just put a teaspoon in your teacup and not during the brewing process.
2. Organic Maple Syrup
Organic maple syrup is the second-best way to sweeten your Sencha tea. It is not only popular in Canada but all over the world due to its taste, low calories and natural mineral ingredients. Moreover, it has many qualities and helps in the prevention of heart disease and cancer just like Sencha tea.
3. Rock Sugar
Rock sugar is a fancy and low-calorie substitute for white sugar. Although its effect on the flavour of the tea is the bare minimum, some still suggest adding green tea. It all comes to personal preference, whether you like you Sencha a bitter or like to mild it with an extra light flavour.
4. Stevia Leaf
Stevia leaf is a herbaceous solution for your bitter green tea. It provides a liquorice-like flavour to your tea and sweetens the taste. Stevia is a healthy and calorie-free sweetener, and you can store it for the long term. It is derived from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant which is found in South America, and generally, in the market, it is available in its refined form. Selecting organic stevia is much better due to its therapeutic and medicinal properties. These are rich in Vitamin C and A, and many minerals that help in your body. It is the safest sweetener used all over the world and provides thirty times more sweetening power compared to sugar.
5. Mix fruit teas
Instead of adding sweetener, you can just buy fruit or flower flavoured Sencha tea. These have dried fruit bits mixed with Sencha leaves, and when you brew them, you can sense the smell and taste of fruits in your tea. If you do not like your plain bitter Sencha, then it is a good alternative, and also you do not have to add extra sweet calories to your tea.
6. Mint or lemon juice
If sweetened means to balance the taste with no bitter aftertaste, then you can add either mint leaves or lemon to achieve the effect in Sencha tea. Lemon juice is a great way to reduce bitterness and add healthy quality to green tea. Do not pour it in hot tea; instead, let it cool down a bit then add a slice or teaspoon of juice. Just stir and enjoy.
7. Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is commercially produced in the factories from several species of the agave plant. Its taste lies between honey and molasses and goes well with bitter green tea. Must keep this fact in mind that it is much sweeter and you can judge it by the colour of it. Darker agave syrup has a more strong caramel flavour, and lighter has a mild or neutral taste. Therefore, make sure to add only a small amount in order to get a mild and sweet flavour in Sencha tea.
8. Coconut Sugar
People have suggested variations of coconut usage to mild the bitterness of Sencha tea, such as coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut sugar. However, in our opinion coconut sugar stands out the most because it is subtly sweet with a slight hint of caramel, and looks and feels like brown sugar.
9. Date Sugar
Dates packs sweetness in small bites and low calories. Date sugar, made from dried dates, is another suitable way to sweeten your Sencha tea. Due to its undissolvable quality, unlike conventional sugar, it is much less in use around the world.
10. Almond or Soy Milk
Lastly, if you wish to add milk to cancel out the bitterness in Sencha then use any nutty milk instead of cow milk. Soy milk or almond milk is a classic way to sweeten green tea. These contain proteins, vitamins, and minerals that make the drink healthier. You can add milk to make a latte or smoothie or any way you like.
Here are examples of sencha green tea we carry:
- ShizuokaTea – Organic Sencha Kaze
- KagoshimaTea – Organic Excellent Deep Steamed Sencha
- ShizuokaTea – Premium Sencha
- KagoshimaTea – Matcha Karigane Sencha
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