Kombucha Culture: What Is It?
The word “kombucha” comes from the Hawaiian words for “water bubbling up”. The first time I heard it was when my mom told me she had made her own kombucha tea at home. She called it a “tea”, but I knew what she meant because it tasted exactly like that! My mother’s homemade tea was the first time I ever saw someone drink something other than water. At that point, I didn’t even have any idea what it was or why it worked. But then one day while watching TV with my dad, he mentioned kombucha to him and he drank some right away! That’s when I learned what it really was…a fermented beverage made from the juice of a small fruit (usually apple) that contains live bacteria and yeast.
After that, I never forgot about it. When I was little, my sister and I would play hopscotch with our hands over each other’s heads until one of us spilled the kombucha on their head. Then we’d all laugh and pretend we were pirates sailing around the world! My favorite part was when they had to wash off all the kombucha on their faces before playing again!
It was delicious and worked for me in so many ways.
Kombucha has been around for hundreds of years and is a staple drink in some countries. In Japan, kombucha is common in almost every supermarket. But here in the U.S.
it can be hard to find! And it’s not just popular with the people, either. Health stores often carry it for their pets too.
There are only two ingredients in kombucha: Tea and sugar. Kombucha is a live product, and you brew it using a culture (a “mushroom”) that looks more like a pancake. The mushroom culture is also known as a ” SCOBY ” or “Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast”. All you do is combine the three ingredients in a jar, letting them ferment for a few weeks.
Then you have delicious kombucha tea!
Kombucha contains nutrients and antioxidants that make you feel great. It’s been called a “beauty tea”, and it’s also good for weight management! I’ve heard of people calling it “the elixir of life”, and I guess that’s because it helps keep you healthy.
My sister and I really love kombucha, and we always help our mom make all the jars before school. Hopefully one day it’ll be more popular than soda! I think then more people will start to know just how amazing this stuff is.
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After learning about kombucha, you probably want to start making it yourself. It’s easy to do and very fun. With our Kombucha Starter Kit you’ll get everything you need to make your own booch (that’s what we call it) at home. Be warned though, once you start making it, you’ll probably get hooked!
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