Kombucha. One of those “fermented foods” all the hippie crunchy mamas are touting. And it’s gaining in popularity (to the point where you can actually buy bottles of it at Costco!).

So what’s the deal with kombucha?

Why are people raving about it and saying it’s amazing for you?

deal with kombucha infographic juicygreenmom

This infographic really summarizes in a nutshell what kombucha is, how to make it, and what to do with it and your SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). It’s  fermented tea that is high in antioxidants and probiotics – which are certainly beneficial for your health (though it remains to be seen how exactly it affects human health).

Source: Fix.com

I haven’t tried making my own kombucha yet, but have tried a few different bottled varieties. As with water kefir, it IS a fermented drink so it has a certain flavour to it that not everyone loves. However, making it yourself seems much less labour intensive than water kefir, which involves almost daily maintenance.

Do you drink kombucha?

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