Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with tremendous health benefits.

Kombucha is a fermented beverage of black tea and sugar (from various sources including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that’s used as a functional food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. After being fermented, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic), which are tied with the following effects:

The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Although it’s usually made with black tea, kombucha can also be made with green tea too.

You can make Kombucha yourself at home or buy it for $3–$6 a bottle at your local Harding’s.  Harding’s on Westnedge in Portage has a huge selection of brands and flavors.  Harding’s on West Main now has GT’s Kombucha on tap!  Choose from everyone’s favorite Trilogy or seasonal flavors that will rotate.  Currently tapped – Trilogy, Pink Lady Basil and Gingerberry.  64 oz jug $15.99; refill $10.99.  Smaller sizes available.  Pick up a Growler today!