This rare tea bowl (considered a national treasure) came from the MOA Museum and is valued at $50,000. I'm glad I didn’t know that until I had finished handling it! Dr. Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance in London, is to my left.
While visiting the Marukyu Koyamaen tea company in Uji near Kyoto, I learned the details of producing matcha. Giant tea utensils are used ceremonially. I'm with Sebastian Beckwith, tea expert and founder of In Pursuit of Tea.
Kazuhiko Atsumi, MD, PhD, is a cardiac surgeon, biomedical engineer, a member of the Science Council of Japan, and a Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University. He is also the President, the Society for Integrative Medicine, Japan (IMJ). Some call him the Japanese Dr. Weil! It was an honor to meet him.
I use organic spinach. Spinach is a member of the "Dirty Dozen" - fruits and vegetables generally containing the highest concentrations of pesticide residues that you should always buy organic. Learn which fruits and veggies make up the Dirty Dozen.
Even if a package of greens states “prewashed,” you should still wash your greens to minimize your risk of exposure to pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella - greens that look fresh, especially greens in plastic, can still harbor bacteria. Loose and unpacked greens should be washed three times under cold, running water to remove sand, dirt and any bacteria that may be present.
Good-quality olive oil makes good-quality dressing. In other words, your dressing will only taste as fresh as your ingredients. Try to buy your olive oil and herbs from trusted organic brands when making this dressing or any other recipe.