Kombucha: A fizzy, fun probiotic tea!
Kombucha is a traditional fermented probiotic drink, made with tea and sugar that contains active cultures. This detoxifying drink, rich in antioxidants, also contains vitamins and minerals we all need. Plus, it’s full of probiotics to help keep our gut healthy. Many tea drinkers also enjoy kombucha’s energizing properties.
Kombucha requires real tea (our favorite, camellia sinensis) for its minerals and nitrogen to correctly brew to its potential. The health of the kombucha SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) is also paramount.
To brew kombucha at home you only need five ingredients: water, tea, sugar, starter kombucha, and a SCOBY. we recommend using pure, unflavored black tea. The tea, in combination with sugar, feed the kombucha colony so it continues to thrive.
With a kombucha SCOBY live culture, you can brew your own kombucha at home. You can also grow additional SCOBYs.
If you make kombucha yourself you will know what’s going into your beverage. You’ll know exactly how much sugar goes in (most is consumed in the fermenting process) and can select what you’d like to add. Maybe mint? Maybe candied ginger? Fermented drinks aid in a healthy digestive tract, which helps build a stronger immune system and reduce inflammation.
This traditional fermented drink is nutrient-rich and provides vitamins, minerals, acids, probiotics and enzymes. Fermentation can take anywhere from 5-10 days. Sugar is consumed during fermentation, so kombucha ends up being a low-sugar drink when ready to consume. The slightly sweet and tangy flavor is delicious.
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