Kombucha...not sure what it is? Well...it's a fermented, slightly fizzy drink made from cooled sweetened tea and a probiotic culture called a scoby. Traditionally made in China, Korea, Japan and Russia, it's drunk as a delicious and healthful tonic. Mine is made in Yorkshire, from Yorkshire Tea of course!! Having made kefir before, (I left it too long on holiday and it unfortunately expired!) I'm looking forward to trying this when it's ready in a weeks time.
You can buy bottles of Kombucha but it's really easy to make your own..you need;
- 1 Scoby (you can buy online from Happy Kombucha amongst others)
- 1 litre kilner jar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2-3 Yorkshire Tea bags
- Boiling water
- Using a clean jar, make the tea and leave to steep for 10 minutes
- Remove the tea bags, stir in the sugar
- Add the scoby
- Cover the jar with a piece of fabric and a rubber band.
- Leave for 7 days in a warm place.
- Strain out the scoby (start a new batch as above).
- Bottle and keep at room temperature for 1-2 days. Refrigerate.
- Add extra flavourings as you wish, e.g. raspberry juice, cherry juice, blackcurrants, lemon verbena, mint.
The notion of healthy gut flora and the mind-body-gut connection is increasingly being written about this year. We know that probiotics are good for our digestion and they're also increasingly being linked to our wellbeing, our stress levels, how we feel. Some of the reputed benefits of probiotics are;
- Supports and strengthens your immune system.
- Helps prevent and treats urinary tract infections.
- Improving digestive function and allows nutrients to be more readily absorbed
- Helps inflammatory bowel conditions and/or irritable bowel syndrome
- Helps manage and prevent eczema
- Helps protects against bacterial infections & illness
- Reduction in feelings of anxiety and stress
- Regulation of hunger pangs and appetite
I also highly recommend learning how to do this on a course, it's great fun and may give you the courage to get started. Plenty Preserves do some great courses in West Yorkshire making fermented drinks and other fermented foods such as pickles and sauerkraut.
Happy kombucha making, if you decide to give it a try, let me know how you get on! Lucy x