Kombucha Health Drink
Kombucha is a delicious health drink made by combining black and green teas with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY.) Its flavour can vary depending on the type of tea used to brew it, but in general it has a very pleasant, sweet-sharp flavour with just a hint of something fizzy.
You can buy bottled Kombucha but traditionally one person passes on the SCOBY to another, along with instructions on how to brew the drink. Kombucha is very easy and more economical to make at home.
The SCOBY is a living organism which grows. You can peel off its 'babies' without causing the parent any harm at all, and either house this in another batch of Kombucha tea or pass it on to a friend.
Be careful to ensure all utensils are totally clean. Concerns about contamination from unwanted and possibly harmful bacteria should be taken seriously, of course. If mold appears, dispose of that whole batch, including the SCOBY. However, I have never once had this happen in all the years I've brewed it.
I was first introduced to Kombucha when my friend Steve Andrews warned me that he was about to mail something which would look utterly disgusting. I opened the well-wrapped little parcel, and he wasn't wrong. The flaccid, wrinkly baby SCOBY did indeed resemble something rather unmentionable.
However, I followed Steve's instructions and left the SCOBY floating in a huge plastic tub of lukewarm sweet tea and set the whole thing in the airing cupboard next to the hot water heater. Three weeks later, the baby SCOBY had grown into what looked like a squashed jellyfish (minus tentacles.) This bizarre lifeform felt slippy and rubbery, yet there was little fragrance other than that of the sweet-sharp Kombucha drink itself.
I was supposed to drink this stuff?
I poured some through a sieve and handed a glass of it to my husband, Richard. He's braver than me when it comes to strange foods. He loved it! We both did.
So, with all the alleged health benefits of Kombucha tea, why not give it a go?
Make your Own Kombucha!
© 2010 Adele Cosgrove-Bray