A History of Kombucha

November 15, 2016

If you hadn’t already noticed, we are obsessed with Kombucha. It’s begun popping up all over the place recently, but it isn’t new; Kombucha has been brewing in sheds and kitchens across the globe for decades.

For those of you who don’t already know, we thought we would tell people what the delicious drop is all about, and how it came to be.

Kombucha, or booch, as it is also known, is produced by fermenting sweet tea with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, a.k.a, a SCOBY. We promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

The clever SCOBY (which is sometimes known in drink production as a “mushroom”), kindly consumes all of the sugars and tea tannins from the sweet tea, leaving us with a refreshing, slightly effervescent tea that’s low in sugar and full of healthy organic acids and probiotics.  

As we said, Kombucha isn’t new, and while it’s exact origin isn’t known, it has been consumed in east Russia since at least 1900, and was first mentioned in German literature in 1913.

Booch is still enjoyed widely around the world, in China, where it is known as chájūn, Japan, as kōcha-kinoko, Korea, as hongchabeoseotcha, Vietnam as giam tra, and Russia as chaynyy grib.

While each of these regions have a different name for their product, the names all literally translate to “tea fungus”, or “tea mushroom”.

There’s a reason these places keep sipping on their kombucha, whatever they may call it, and it’s not just because it’s delicious - it also has some amazing benefits to both gut health and general well being.

Gut health is essential to many aspects of your total well being, affecting everything from brain function through to mental health, something we are pleased to see being discussed in the mainstream media of late.

Kombucha, among other products, has also been recommended by Dr Libby as a good drop to try in order to prevent gut-based illness or dysfunction.  

And the best part? We’ve combined all of this goodness with delicious, organic local ingredients and bottled it so that you can just sip away and let Kombucha take care of your gut health. Enjoy!

 






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