What is kombucha?

 kombucha

I was attracted by this image posted by Viva NZ.

This drink is called Kombucha.  I have never heard nor tasted it.

I can only recognise the word CHA as in ‘tea’.

Viva wrote that Kombucha is tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day, it’s also packed full of living organisms to help feed and develop healthy gut bacteria. It helps improve digestion, immunity, it eases the symptoms of bloating and can even boost serotonin levels.

It’s a really rewarding process to make at home, and you can do so with a few common ingredients.  Click here to check out how to make kombucha at home.

Further checks on Google Search landed me on Stuff that wrote that the growth of kombucha is fascinating, both as a hot trend in the beverage aisle and in the biological sense, since it is brewed with a live, expanding bacterial culture. The drink, which originates in Asia, has been around for centuries and has long been popular with alternative-health folk.

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What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea made by adding a culture of bacteria and yeast to a solution of tea, sugar and sometimes fruit juice and other flavourings. It’s often referred to as “mushroom-tea” because during the brewing process the bacteria and yeast grow into a mass that resembles a mushroom cap.

The drink has a slight effervescence and sweet-tart flavour. It often has small remnants of the bacteria mix floating in it, which sounds unappealing but is not much different from finding some sediment in your wine. Kombucha is highly acidic, contains sugar, B vitamins and antioxidants, as well as some alcohol that results from the fermentation process. It has about 30 calories per eight ounces (mainly from the sugar), which is considerably less than other soft drinks.

You can buy bottled kombucha, both pasteurised and unpasteurised, in various flavours everywhere from health-food stores to supermarkets. The drinks have exploded on the market, with Whole Foods Magazine reporting projected sales in the US reaching $NZ637 million by 2015.  (Though I have yet to taste it.)

Is Kombucha really good for you?  Click here to read the article from Stuff.

Are you a fan of Kombucha?  Or are you as ignorant as me?

 

 

Photos and articles credit 

Viva.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz

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