Yum Yum and good for your tum!
Fizzy, sweetish/sour and delicious. Cool, iced Kombucha Tea has been a refreshing revelation for me this summer. The fact it’s packed with probiotics and other wonderful goodness is a bonus.
Delicious, nutritious plus cheap easy to make, why not learn a new skill and do your health a favour!
What Is Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of a “SCOBY” “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” The SCOBY is a weird jelly like/rubberyish disk with stringy brown bits hanging off it! It generally floats at the top of your brewing Kombucha forming a protective layer. The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a refreshingly fizzy, slightly sour, fermented (but mostly non-alcoholic) drink.
What about health?
In the newest research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food 2014, researchers from the University of Latvia say the following about the health benefits of kombucha:
‘It is shown that [kombucha] can efficiently act in health preservation and recovery due to four main properties: detoxification, anti-oxidation, energizing potencies, and promotion of boosting immunity’.
Sounds great doesn’t it!
Follow this link to read lots of other exciting benefits.
Also read the bottom of the article about those who should use with caution (basically those with auto immune conditions, pregnant women and those with sensitivities to even low levels caffeine or sugar).
How to get started?
You can buy Kombucha from health food shops but it’s cheaper and more satisfying and sustainable to make your own.
When making your own the hardest thing is finding the Scoby, after that its easy! You pretty much just need a jar big enough, tea, sugar and the scoby. You more or less chuck the scoby in cooled, sugary tea and leave it for a week! There are a few other little things to know such as amounts etc but why not start with the scoby and go from there.
The best way to get a scoby is to get it off someone who is already making Kombucha so why not share this post on Facebook with a call out for scoby attached 😉 Otherwise, ask around or put up an add at your local health food shop. You will likely met a new friend in the process or discover a connection with someone you already know 😉
Scoby’s can also be ordered fresh online too, or you can even grow your own scoby!
Start with the scoby then ask your new Kombucha buddy what to do! ;-)… or follow simple steps from here, or one of the other linked pages.
Don’t overthink it, it really is easy. If you make a mistake, you’ll grow and learn and can easily start again.