As you may remember from my last post, my drinking has changed over the years. The trajectory over the course of my life looks something like this:
chocolate milk, juice --> soda, lemonade --> seltzer water w/ lime --> spring water w/ lime
And then…I discovered kombucha. It hasn't replaced water, but it has been a nice addition to my beverage lineup. Kombucha is a fermented tea, said to have originated in Asia. It was referred to as the Tea of Immortality. It has enzymes and probiotics, along with B vitamins and antioxidants. Not much of a yogurt fan, I had been looking for a way to get more beneficial bacteria in my system, so I thought I'd give kombucha a try.
I have to admit I didn't like the drink at first. It was way too sour. I gave some to my pastor recently and he said, "If I had wanted vinegar, I'd have drunk some vinegar." So, it wasn't love at first sip for him, either.
But then it grew on me. And that's a perfect way to describe the drink since it starts with scoby. Scoby stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. It's basically the culture that makes kombucha a fermented drink. (Don't worry, though! You don't have to work with scoby unless you decide to make your own kombucha, from scratch. I haven't gone this far yet. Maybe down the road, I'll try to make it--and I'll use this blog to document the step-by-step process, along with successes and certain failures!)
Right now, I just buy my kombucha, ready made, at Whole Foods (you get a 10% discount if you buy a case-full, 12 bottles). You can find kombucha at Safeway, too. Our whole family is hooked on it. We like GT's Synergy brand. Our favorite flavors are cosmic cranberry, gingerade, trilogy, and guava goddess.
We love it for its zesty kick. It's not only tasty and effervescent, it is tremendously beneficial for our bodies! And it makes a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It's hard for me to even wrap my head around the fact that it's related in any way to regular tea. It must be a distant cousin, twice removed. Tea with a capital T.