Saturday, August 15, 2009

Kombucha


I had never heard of Kombucha before until about 2 years ago when Hubby & I were at the health food store and he decided to try it. He admits that it is something that grows on you after a bit. He has actually acquired a taste for it but I admit I have never ventured to try it. Well...not until now that is.

So what is Kombucha? As noted from Wikipedia: Kombucha is a fermented tea that is quaffed for medicinal purposes. Kombucha is generally fermented using a visible solid mass of microorganisms called a "kombucha culture." The culture contains a symbiosis of Acetobacter (acetic acid bacteria) and yeast, mostly Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Candida stellata, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Torulaspora delbrueckii and Zygosaccharomyces bailii. The culture itself looks somewhat like a large pancake, and though often called a mushroom, a mother of vinegar or by the acronym SCOBY (for "Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast.")

Some of the "support benefits" of Kombucha range anywhere from digestion, metabolism, immune system, appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging, cell integrity to healthy hair and skin. Now these reports have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended as a treatment or prevention or cure for any diseases, but studies have shown to have favorable effects from drinking Kombucha.

With all the information going around about Kombucha, I thought it would be worthwhile to at least try. So I am going to venture into making my own Kombucha. But first we need to start with our SCOBY. This is a fairly simple step into making your own Kombucha, so in a bit I will start my venture and share the journey with you.

3 comments:

Conny said...

INTESTING!! I'll be curious to see/hear how the process continues & what your outcome is!

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Ok~
You got me here. I have never heard of such a thing!

Calico Prairie said...

I've been considering trying it too, but I don't think my family will go for it, LOL.

I'll be watching your blog with interest to see how you like it, so keep us posted!