Denchan imageGOLD TEA OIL is a tea seed oil 100% made from tea seeds harvested in Shizuoka.
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New Healthy vegetable Oil

Our increasing consciousness of health and healthy lifestyle is fueling the interest in vegetable oils. Did you know that teas, which are theaceous plants, produce seeds containing high-purity oil? We started visiting a number of tea farms several years ago to find ways to utilize this oil. "GOLD TEA OIL" is literally the seed of many years of R&D and commercialization efforts. Try this new, delicious taste yourself!

Jazz up your favorite dishes with GOLD TEA OIL!!
Savory breakfast miso soup or any other soup with GOLD TEA OIL satisfies anybody in rice diet or bread diet.

You can use GOLD TEA OIL just like any other seasoning, such as sugar, salt, vinegar, soy sauce, miso, sake, oil, Worcestershire sauce, dashi, spice or herb. A dash of this edible oil enhances the flavors of your dishes. Sprinkle it onto tofu together with salt, or dip sashimi in it instead of carpaccio sauce or soy sauce. There are endless possibilities of how you can use GOLD TEA OIL in cooking.

GOLD TEA OIL for everyday dishes! Easy, delicious, healthy!

Editorial Supervisor: Mutsuko Tokunaga (Culinary Expert, Food Producer)
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"Gold Tea Oil Toast & Vegetable Omelet"

Ingredients for 2
  • Tea oil toast
    2 slices of bread
    GOLD TEA OIL (tea oil) as desired
  • Vegetable omelet
    Your favorite vegetables such as onion, cabbage, bell pepper, broccoli and grape tomatoes
    1 tablespoon GOLD TEA OIL (tea oil)
    2 sausages
    1 tablespoon white wine
    2 eggs
    Salt and pepper


  1. Toast the bread and sprinkle Gold Tea Oil and salt while hot.
  2. Cut onion, cabbage and bell pepper into 2-cm cubes. Slice sausages diagonally and cut broccoli into small pieces.
  3. Cook onion, cabbage and bell pepper in a frying pan or skillet with Gold Tea Oil. Add white wine and continue cooking until soft. Add broccoli, sausage and tomatoes.
  4. Add salt and pepper, pour in beaten eggs, and make a fluffy omelet.
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Soy Milk Porridge with GOLD TEA OIL

Soy Milk Porridge with Gold Tea Oil

Ingredients for 2
  • 1 bowl cooked rice
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons GOLD TEA OIL
  • 2 tablespoons dried young sardines and mitsuba


  1. Simmer cooked rice in 2 cups of hot water with dried young sardines, until soft.
  2. Add soy milk and turn off heat before boiling.
  3. Add salt to taste, sprinkle chopped mitsuba or green onion, and drizzle Gold Tea Oil for aroma.
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GOLD TEA OIL Carpaccio

Tea Oil Carpaccio

Ingredients for 2
  • 2 servings sashimi
  • 2 slices tomato
  • Pinch parsley
  • GOLD TEA OIL as desired
  • Baby greens as desired


  1. Arrange sashimi on a plate in single layer. Make a mound of baby greens in the middle.
  2. Sprinkle chopped tomato and parsley, salt, and ground pepper.
  3. Drizzle Gold Tea Oil just before serving.
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Warm Tea Salad with Boiled Pork Slices

Warm Tea Salad with Boiled Pork Slices

Ingredients for 2
  • 200g thinly sliced pork (for shabu shabu)
  • 2 cabbage leaves
  • Pinch parsley
  • Shiitake mushrooms and carrot as desired
  • Tea oil dressing
    2 tablespoons GOLD TEA OIL
    1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
    1 tablespoon ground sesame
    2 teaspoons soy sauce


  1. Submerge and swish the pork briefly in boiling kelp stock. When the color of pork has changed, quickly remove the pork.
  2. Also cook vegetables for short time to keep their crunchiness. Put warm pork and vegetables together on a plate.
  3. Mix Gold Tea Oil dressing and drizzle it over. Mix and eat the pork and vegetables together with the dressing.
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Editorial Supervisor Mutsuko Tokunaga

Tokunaga is a lecturer, celebrity cooking expert and author who is passionate about creating "Tasty, Stylish and Healthy" dishes. She is a president of Foodium Tokunaga and vice chairman of the World Green Tea Association.

New Tastes Restaurant Chefs Are Also Excited About GOLD TEA OIL
GOLD TEA OIL product image Restaurant chefs already know our new product, and are creating a boom of their dishes with "GOLD TEA OIL."
Chef Osamu Tagata
GOLD TEA OIL soba-Japanese noodles Tagata handcrafted soba restaurant is a hidden gem for discerning soba-lovers. Tagata uses the local buckwheat (soba) plant grown in Shizuoka, known for its unique tree bark aroma. Tagata offers an extensive menu of soba dishes for the customers’ different tastes, also enjoyed by many visitors from out of town. 



Chef Kenjiro Hashida
Sashimi with GOLD TEA OIL Located in Tsukiji, Tokyo, Hashida is an established sushi restaurant patronized by foodies and celebrities. The owner’s son, Kenjiro Hashida, has also ventured out and opened a sushi bar in Singapore that’s creating a buzz among the locals.

Hashida Sushi

Sashimi plate with GOLD TEA OIL

Chef Masahiro Takahashi
Amagi shamo chicken thigh baked with Shizuoka tea in salt crust Kiyomi Mikuni is one of Japan’s top French chefs. The French restaurant Mikuni Shimizu is his brainchild, featuring creative dishes using local produce and seafood from Shizuoka.


Amagi shamo chicken thigh baked with Shizuoka tea in salt crust

Comparison with Other Edible Oils
Comparison with Other Edible Oils
Compared to the chemical compositions of other edible oils, Gold Tea Oil (tea seed oil) is rich in oleic acid, which is a monovalent unsaturated fatty acid commonly found in olive oil. Gold Tea Oil also contains linoleic acid, a divalent unsaturated fatty acid, by twice the amount found in olive oil. Overall, Gold Tea Oil has a fatty acid composition similar to that of peanut oil.
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Tea Oil as Antioxidant
Gold Tea Oil (tea seed oil) is higher in antioxidant activity than other edible oils, partly because it is rich in oleic acid that demonstrates resistance to oxidation, and partly because it contains β-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A known for its antioxidative property, as well as vitamin E and CoQ10, as shown in Table 1. Gold Tea Oil shows antioxidant activity equivalent to the one of theaflavin gallate (TFG-A) among other antioxidative substances.
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It was discovered that Gold Tea Oil (tea seed oil) contains CoQ10, a coenzyme that coexists with vitamins E and C to protect our body from the harmful effects of active oxygen. Our body produces active oxygen for different reasons including stress, and this active oxygen is known to act on sugars, proteins (including enzymes), DNA, etc., to cause various diseases as well as aging. CoQ10 present in Gold Tea Oil, is believed to inhibit these harmful reactions of active oxygen to protect our health.
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Data courtesy of: Isao Tomita [Doctor of Pharmacology, Emeritus Professor, University of Shizuoka]
Figures 1 and 2

How This Project Began

The tea industry in Japan has been in a slight decline in recent years due to the dwindling interest of consumers in loose leaf teas. In addition, as tea farmers age and struggle to find successors for their businesses, the acreage for tea farms are decreasing every year and some of the farms that still exist are unattended. Hence, we saw the need to develop an innovative tea plant product that offers something of value other than a beverage.

Tea comes from plants whose seeds contain a high quality oil. So, we wondered if we could extract oil from seeds of tea plants to develop 100% tea seed oil similar to camellia oil and olive oil. Such a product would create new opportunities for tea grown in Shizuoka and appeal to people of different generations across Japan. The market for tea seeds would also strengthen the network of tea farmers, and the otherwise-abandoned tea farms could be better utilized to grow this new agricultural product. We thought the ultimate goal would contribute to the revitalization of tea producing regions.

A growing number of today's health-conscious consumers prefer olive oil, coconut oil and other natural, plant-based oils over animal fats, and we found through a composition study that tea seed oil is rich in vitamin E, oleic acid and other beneficial substances.

After several years of diligent testing, research, site visits, etc., we successfully commercialized the tea seed oil extraction. Our parent company, Shirakata-Denshiro Shoten, Inc. (SDS) obtained a business license as a "manufacturer of edible fat and oil." Our Gold Tea Oil is produced in our factory by extracting oil from tea seeds using our own seed press. Our business partners include experts in food research and development institutes and other experts working in academia and private sectors in Shizuoka.

Working with Green Tea Farms
We purchase tea seeds from tea farmers at the same price as tea leaves to boost their income, prevent tea farms from being abandoned, and protect the beauty of tea fields that attract many visitors to Shizuoka. Tea seeds are harvested in October through December. In partnerships with tea farmers and agricultural cooperatives across Shizuoka, we have a system in place to ensure stable yields of tea seeds.

Working with Welfare Facilities
We are also working with welfare facilities to train skilled workers for the production of the oil. The "House of Yamakko" trains disabled young adults in jobs involving in light work. In one such training they learn to sort the tea seeds that SDS supplies for processing. It is simple but important task for making good quality oil.

A brief chronology of events includes:

  • 2015 Obtained a business license as a "manufacturer of edible fat and oil."
  • 2015 Approved by Shizuoka Prefecture as a management innovation business.
  • 2016 Certified by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a business to operate with regional industrial resources.

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