Tencha farmers from Wazuka, Kyoto—Megumi Hori, her mother and sister—bring you a small batch (only 1-2 dozen kg harvested) matcha made from a new and still rare cultivar, asanoka.
Asanoka was registered in Kagoshima in 1996, and was made from a cross between the common Yabukita cultivar and a Chinese cultivar registered as hiramizu #1. The matcha has a strong umami flavor and sweet notes.
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Cultivar: Asanoka
- Harvest: Spring
- Notes: No pesticides, synthetic fertilizers used.
- Region: Wazuka Village, Kyoto
About the Garden
The 4th generation Kirokuen Tea Farm is in the heart of Wazuka, an area whose mountain tea fields and undulating terraced slopes thick with fog make perfect tea-growing conditions. Founded nearly 100 years ago, before cars and farming machinery were available, our mountain fields were cleared by hand by the Great-Grandfather of sisters Megumi and Ui Hori.
Today, with their mother, the sisters find themselves in the unusual position of being a farm entirely owned and operated by women. After the death of their father, my mother, myself and my sister took over the running of the farm to continue our family’s legacy, one that began in these fields all those years ago. In the male-dominated tea agriculture and production industry, their efforts are a challenge to the status quo, and we are proud to support their dedication.
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