You may have heard of kombucha, but you don’t really know what it is? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
This oddly named beverage is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Nevertheless, despite its growing popularity, one basic question often comes up: what is kombucha, or kombucha tea?
In this article, we will explain all aspects of this beverage, from its recipe to its health benefits and different flavours. We will also give you tips on how to make your own kombucha at home. Ready to discover the benefits of this fermented drink?
Read our article to find out more!
What Is Kombucha?
Kombucha (sometimes called kombucha tea) is defined as a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, and a culture of bacteria and yeast called “kombucha scoby” (sometimes also called “mushroom”). It has a slightly sweet, tangy, and fizzy taste. Kombucha is pronounced: kom-boo-cha.
The production process is very simple. The ingredients are left to ferment for a few days, which will reduce the amount of sugar, and produce acidity, as well as vitamins and enzymes. Kombucha is a very popular and growing beverage in health and organic circles.
It is common to see misspellings of the name of this beverage, such as: camboocha, combucha, kambucha, kombuchka, comucha… Nevertheless, the correct way to write the name of this beverage is “kombucha”.
What Does Kombucha Taste Like?
Kombucha has a unique and delicious taste, and it varies depending on the ingredients added to the recipe. In general, kombucha has a slightly tangy, fizzy flavour reminiscent of tea, but it can also have fruit or herbal flavours depending on the ingredients that are added. Popular flavours include ginger, maple syrup, hibiscus, root beer, strawberry, lime, clementine, balsam fir, etc.
In other words, almost any ingredient in your kitchen is good for flavouring kombucha!
Why Drink Kombucha
What exactly is kombucha good for? There are many good reasons to drink it:
For Its Health Benefits
Kombucha has many health benefits. This fermented drink is mainly known for supporting the digestive system and strengthening the immune system.
An Alternative to Carbonated Beverages
Kombucha is an alternative to soft drinks. Not only does it contain 5 times less sugar than carbonated beverages, but it is also rich in probiotics and enhances digestion.
Fermentation Made Easy
You can easily make your own homemade kombucha. It’s a simple, safe, and quick DIY project! The hardest part will be waiting for your beverage to ferment.
Kombucha Is Delicious!
Kombucha is a refreshing drink, available in a wide range of unique and varied flavours and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Yummy!
How to Make Your Own Kombucha?
Intrigued by kombucha? The best kombucha is homemade! It’s simple, safe, and fun!
To make kombucha, you need to:
- Make a sweet tea
- Add a kombucha scoby
- Ferment for 5 to 10 days at room temperature
It’s that easy!
Check out our full guide to learn how to easily make your own kombucha.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Does Kombucha Come From?
The fascinating story and origin of kombucha began thousands of years ago in Asia, China. Although its history began in China, the beverage got its name from Japan!
If you’re interested in the amazing story of kombucha, check out our article detailing the history of kombucha, from its origins to the present day!
Is Kombucha Made From a Mushroom?
No, the kombucha scoby is not a mushroom!
The kombucha scoby is called “tea mushroom” in some languages, but this is a misnomer! Biologically speaking, a kombucha scoby is not a mushroom.
What is a kombucha SCOBY?
A SCOBY is a kombucha mother. It is the gelatinous film and liquid used to start the fermentation of kombucha. The term is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. The acronym SCOBY offers a very clear definition of what a kombucha SCOBY is.
Beware! SCOBY is not spelled SCOOBY, otherwise, you might get confused with the famous cartoon character…
Can I Drink Kombucha While Pregnant?
It is not recommended to drink kombucha when pregnant, because of its low alcohol and caffeine content.
Is It Safe to Drink Kombucha?
Drinking homemade kombucha is completely safe and has no dangers.