Learn About Kombucha

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What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a chilled beverage that originates from China and is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Essentially, kombucha is a sweet tea fermented with active yeast and bacteria. It can come in a range of colors and flavors, and many people drink it for its probiotics and health benefits.

What does Kombucha taste like?

Kombucha can come in a variety of different flavors, depending on the tea, sweetener, and added herbs, fruits or flavorings used during the fermentation process. Generally, kombucha has a slightly vinegary, acidic flavor. It is also fizzy, due to the yeast that creates carbon dioxide bubbles that form while fermenting.

Learn About Kombucha

How do you use Kombucha?

Drink kombucha as you would soda, juice, or tea, along with meals or as a refreshing beverage throughout the day. You can also use kombucha for medicinal purposes; many people believe that it can have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. It is also known to be great for your digestive system due to the bacteria and enzymes in the drink. 

Where do you buy Kombucha?

Find Kombucha anywhere from major grocery stores to gas stations. You can also find artisanal varieties of kombucha at health food stores. 

How do you store Kombucha

Store kombucha in the refrigerator for safekeeping. Kombucha has active cultures inside, so keeping it sealed at room temperature can cause the kombucha to explode.

Fun fact about Kombucha:

You can make kombucha easily at home, with just tea, water, sugar, and a SCOBY. The term SCOBY stands for  “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” and is the key ingredient responsible for fermenting the drink. You can buy a SCOBY online or make it yourself at home and use it to make your own custom kombucha! 

Did you know?

While the origins of kombucha are not completely known, legend states that the drink originated in China in 221 BC. However, it wasn’t until the twentieth century that manufacturers began the mass production of the beverage and started selling it at stores.

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