Matcha dishes, drinks, desserts.

By Ashley Day, USA Today

Matcha is a fine powder from the leaves of a specifically grown green tea, the color and texture of which can be added to all kinds of drinks, pastries and even dishes like pasta. The flavor varies, with a range of bitterness, sweetness, umami and grassiness. Coffee shops and restaurants across the country experiment with the color and flavor of matcha in everything from lattes and smoothies to ice cream, pastries and pancakes. The trend has even developed into entire matcha destinations, such as MatchaBar and Cha Cha Matcha in New York City.

Browse the gallery above for some of the most interesting uses of the ingredient across the country, and indulge in more tea this winter with the gallery below.

"In Paducah, Ky., Pipers Tea and Coffee offers a signature mint matcha (served hot or cold) and iced matcha seasonally."