What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea but it is so much more it is a beverage that many have touted as a magical elixir.
Well according to (Wikipedia)
Kombucha originated in Northeast China or Manchuria and later spread to Russia and the rest of the world. In Russian, the kombucha culture is called čajnyj grib чайный гриб (lit. “tea fungus/mushroom”), and the fermented drink is called kombútja комбутя, grib (“fungus; mushroom”), or čajnyj kvas чайный квас (“tea kvass“).
Some promotional kombucha sources suggest the history of this tea-based beverage originated in ancient China or Japan, though no written records support these assumptions (see history of tea in China and history of tea in Japan). One author reported kombucha, supposedly known as the “Godly Tsche [i.e., tea]” during the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), was “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever”.
To read more click here to go to the Wikipedia article.
Why even bother making it?
Many doctors and healers believe that Kombucha tea brings balance and detoxifies the body but this article I found said that we should view Kombucha as more than just a health drink and look at it as a nutritious healthy healing food. Kombucha is known to lower blood sugar, blood pressure, reduce graying hair among other things but only you can try it and say whether it works for you. So that’s what the Viking and I decided to do this past week was make our first batch ever of Kombucha.
We believe that mainstream America has been missing out on the health benefits of fermented beverages such as kefir, kombucha, and kvass. There are many more others out there but these are just to name a few. If you would like to share your favorite fermented beverage recipe with me I would love to hear it. (Not wine or mead please ;)…) that’s another blog topic!
It’s a funny story actually but when our host son from Belarus came to America to be with us for the first time he kept asking me for tea and I kept making him iced tea and he would say “No, thats not it” and then I would make him hot tea and he would say “No, thats not it” and he would try to explain to me about this tea with the “mother” in it and I would not really understand what he was talking about. You see in Belarus where Stas was from they were smarter than us in the fact that they know the value of fermented foods and beverages something us in America are just realizing and is starting to become mainstream. Oh how I wish I could go back in time and make Stas his kombucha.
We ordered our Kombucha from Kombucha Kamp and if you keep your scoby alive you only have to order it this one time. They have amazing resources, information, and links about Kombucha on their site. We paid about $28.00 including shipping. Instructions came to talk to it, sing to it etc….so I did welcome the mother to our home and I played serene music and we are hoping our Kombucha gets settled in nicely.
I have to add this last part this was on the Kombucha Kamp website and this is amazing to me because my host son from Belarus kept asking for the tea with the mushroom in it.
(Kombucha Kamp) Origins of Kombucha Tea
More recent first hand Russian stories involve residents in towns near the Chernobyl meltdown of the 1980’s. As the horrific radiation exposure ravaged the victims over the weeks and months following the accident, doctors and scientists noticed a group of people seemingly resistant to the effects, many of whom were elderly women. When traced back, the common thread turned out to be that those who consumed Kombucha regularly survived the radiation.
Reading this just blew my mind away no wonder Stas wanted his tea on hand!
Well I have included pictures for you and my husband bought the glass croc to make the Kombucha at World Market but you can find them at Walmart too. I personally love the taste of Kombucha but its not for everyone….I find when I drink Kefir or Kombucha that I have a sense of well being afterwards this could be because I had thyroid cancer at one point and my body was terribly out of balance or it could just be that I like it….don’t know for sure but our Kombucha is fermenting and I can’t wait for the first glass!
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