Kombucha. Say it with me: KAWM-BOO-CHAH. It’s the ancient beverage that’s more of a science experiment than you might realize. Originating in East Asia, kombucha is a refreshing, fizzy, fermented tea that boasts numerous health benefits ranging from detoxification of the digestive tract to strengthening of the immune system. It also contains B vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and probiotics. Impressive!
Why is science involved? In order for kombucha to ferment properly, a SCOBY is essential to the process. Huh? What’s a SCOBY? A SCOBY is a “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” that will reproduce with each batch of kombucha brewed. It can be ugly, stringy, slimy, clumpy… but it’s the magic that makes kombucha what it is.
It’s likely very tempting to rush out to the store to buy a bottle of kombucha right now. But you can make it at home! It’s simple and affordable. So save your hard-earned cash for a gourmet vegan pizza instead. Read on to learn about how to brew your own fizzy beverage.