About Kombucha Tea
Kombucha Tea is more than a fad drink being heralded by Hollywood stars and health fanatics. Having been enjoyed by those in Europe and and Asia for hundreds of years, Kombucha is thought to have been created in China in about 250 BC. Russia is often thought to be the origin of Kombucha because people there have made it for hundreds of years, and spred its use to the Western world.
Kombucha Tea has many known health benefits, such as its digestion-aiding properties, and many others attributed to the drink by anecdotal evidence and independant research. Some, for example, swear by its cancer-fighting properties and have used the beverage to fight cancer diagnosis.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage containing a colony of microorganisms -- a combination of vinegar-producing bacteria and two yeast strains; all three of which must be present together to form the unique culture, also called a fungus, that turns the caffeine and sugar into different compounds through the fermentation process. Thus the finished product contains B vitamins, detoxifying glucuronic acid, microorganisms, and trace amounts of alchohol but virtually no caffeine or sugar.
How to make a recipe for Kombucha Tea
Assemble your ingredients and tools, such as a pot or kettle to boil the water for the Kombucha Tea recipe, a measuring cup and a spoon.
Ingredients for Kombucha:
Follow these steps to make Kombucha Tea:
Making your own Kombucha Tea recipe at home means that you can save money and have control over your product, creating organic raw Kombucha at a fraction of the cost of the bottled variety. Drink to your health!
Where to Buy a Kombucha Mushroom Culture
There are several ways to acquire a kombucha starter culture.
- Check with friends or foodies who brew their own Kombucha -- one may have a "baby" mushroom to give you to get started with your own batch.
- Ask at your local health food store. They may have kombucha culture for sale (look for live mushrooms rather than the dry powdered culture as the latter takes much longer to start working).
- Purchase a Kombucha mushroom online.