This post is not so much a recipe but more an explanation about something I find quite exciting and something you may like to know more about. Many of you will probably have never heard of Kombucha, as I hadn’t until a few months ago.
Kombucha is what the Ancient Chinese referred to as the ‘immortal health elixir’ as it is said to prevent diseases like cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases. It is made by fermenting a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) with sweet tea. It’s like a mushroom in that it reproduces, so some people call it a Mother, or Mother SCOBY. (picture below)
At the beginning of the 20th century, scientists, noticing huge increases in cancer, set about to find a cure. Their efforts led them to discover entire regions of Russia and Germany where people were seemingly immune to cancer and autoimmune diseases and after much research, they found that these were the regions that grew this Kombucha organism that people brewed at home into tea. They began a series of experiments which not only verified the hypothesis, but began to pinpoint exactly what it is within Kombucha that was so beneficial.
German scientists picked up on this research and continued it in their own direction. Then, with the onset of the Cold War, research and development started being diverted into other fields. It was only in the 1990s, when Kombucha was first brought to the U.S., that the West has done any studies on the effects of Kombucha, and those are quite few in number. As is typically the case in the U.S., no major medical studies are being done on Kombucha because no one in the drug industry stands to profit from researching a beverage that the average consumer can make for as little as 50 cents a gallon. So here we are, individual people, understanding the benefits of it and trying to convince you, without the help of major pharmaceutical companies, that this could be all you need to prevent degenerative and toxic in your family.
Kombucha detoxes the body, filtering out toxins, protects the joints, helps kill off cancer cells and, its most important benefit; it is the world’s strongest natural probiotic and I am a big fan of probiotics! If you keep your gut healthy, your immune system will stay healthy and you are therefore less susceptible to disease and illness.
The main picture at the top is of my home brew. The jar in the middle contains a few SCOBYs. After a week or so, the Mother SCOBY creates baby SCOBYs, and these create more, so you have an endless reproduction of SCOBYs which you can give to people so they can brew their own tea, or you can keep them in a ‘SCOBY hotel’ – one jar with lots of SCOBYs. I have one SCOBY hotel and about four jars of Kombucha fermenting at one time. Once a week, I filter it, bottle it up and flavour it with anything from elderflower to pineapple to cherry. It fizzes up and just tastes like sweet, fizzy iced tea – it’s so delicious. My family were dubious at first – no one likes the word ‘fermented’ – but they all love it now. My parents and husband can’t get enough!
If you are in LONDON and you’d like me to give you a SCOBY for free so you can make your own, I can do that. Otherwise I sell 500ml bottles for £3 or 1L bottles for £5.
For Kombucha Brewers and Fermentation Jars in SOUTH AFRICA contact Lee +27 72 822 8004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy guts = happy, healthy humans!
(Reference: Food Renegade)