· By Merle von KOMBUCHERY
Kombucha mushroom: Interesting facts about the useful tea mushroom
You're probably wondering: What is a fungus doing in my drink? In fact, the kombucha tea fungus is a lichen whose various health effects known for almost 2000 years. In this article you will find out how you can benefit from these healthy advantages at home. In addition to everything worth knowing about the tea mushroom, we also want to tell you how you can make one yourself Kombucha mushroom at homein the fermentation vesselbreed can.
Kombucha Tea Mushroom The basics at a glance!k!
Kombucha (pronounced kom-buh-cha) is a fermented drink made from tea in a fermentation vessel. Probiotic bacteria and yeasts are used, which are known as Kombucha fungus (SCOBY =SYMBIOTIC CULTURE OF BACTERIA AND YEASTS / Combination of bacteria and yeast) form. The kombucha fungus gives the kombucha its positive properties: it ensures that the tea turns into a probiotic fermented drink becomes.
What do you do with a kombucha mushroom Well cared for, the kombucha mushroom can be kept for years and you can use it again and again to prepare a fermented kombucha tea drink to get ane healthy alternative to water and other soft drinks to enjoy. A real elixir of life!
What is the Kombucha tea fungus made of?
In botanical terms, the scoby is a lichen of a whitish-beige substance composed of yeast and bacteria. Therefore, it is sometimes erroneously called yeast. This substance is held together by cellulose. the Yeasts and bacteria live in a community and benefit each other . The yeasts produce alcohol, which in turn feeds bacterial strains, which then produce valuable organic acids from alcohol and oxygen.
Kombucha mushrooms, in most cases, are round like a pancake and its consistency is a bit gooey. Its surface can be smooth, but also very uneven. During the fermentation process there may be holes or small bulges in the Scoby this is normal!! Depending on the liquid content, the composition of the Kombucha tea fungus is more or less glassy.
The following ingredients occur in varying amounts in Kombucha:
- types of bacteria
- acetic acid bacteria
- yeast strains
- Vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, K
- Minerals and trace elements such as iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc
- healthy acids such as lactic acid, acetic acid, citric acid, natural carbonic acid
- 14 different amino acids
- phytochemicals such as polyphenols and isoflavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect
- Alcohol (between 0.1 and 0.4 g, roughly the amount found in orange juice or non-alcoholic beer))
- Caffeine or theine (if using black or green tea)
A look behind the scenes: how the scoby fungus works?
nutrients and ingredients
The kombucha fungus first spreads across the surface of the so-called nutrient solution. The yeasts feed on the sugar used in Kombucha production. They make carbonic acid and alcohol out of it. The bacteria, in turn, form various acids from the alcohol and the ingredients in the tea, e.g. acetic acid and lactic acid, hence the sour taste. The acid ensures that no germs settle.
The Scoby grows and thrives
Scobys want to get as much oxygen as possible. This will cause the underlying Tea fungus culture thickened or new scoby formed . The scoby always forms new layers that are close together and thus becomes thicker and thicker. In some cases, the scoby will sink to the bottom of the fermenter. As a result, a new kombucha tea fungus forms on the surface and the scoby at the bottom of the container stops its growth. The batch in the fermentation vessel can be easily stored with a cover cloth.
The Healthy Bottom Line of Kombucha Mushroom Tea!!
To put it simply: Kombucha is a fermented tea drink . With the Support of a kombucha culture, various sweetened types of tea, eg green tea and black tea, are fermented in a fermentation vessel.
The mushroom tea offers a delicious, naturally carbonated, sweet and sour alternative to lemonade or other soft drinks. Completely without unnecessary sugar and artificial additives. Various vitamins and organic acids and many other important nutrients can be produced during fermentation.
Possible effects of kombucha
Without making any promise of healing, kombucha is said to be able to help with the ailments listed below:
- acne and neurodermatitis
- high blood pressure
- anxiety states
Let the kombucha mushroom sprout: grow your own kombucha culture
In order for your own kombucha culture to develop, you need an unpasteurized "raw" kombucha as the most important ingredient for growth. This also serves as a starter fluid. Because without the many microorganisms that are still alive, it will be difficult to grow your own kombucha mushroom . Similar to milk kefir and water kefir and the kefir crystals, Kombucha needs the Scobys for fermentation.
You can either buy kombucha starter sets online or you know someone who makes kombucha themselves and gives you a Scoby as a gift.
With few ingredients , the best of all from organic cultivation should come from you can do it safely at home your ownKombucha mushroom (Kombucha culture) to produce. With water, tea (green tea or black tea), sugar and a starter kit (mushroom with starter liquid) or alternatively without mushroom with unpasteurized kombucha (e.g. Raw Original from KOMBUCHERY LINK ) the kombucha fungus develops depending on the conditions between 7 to 21 days .
Once Upon a Time A Brief History of the Tea Mushrooms
Where does the kombucha culture come from??
The western world is still a bit strange to kombucha tea, but in other parts of the world the drink with the name that takes some getting used to and its diverse effects is no longer a secret. There is agreement that Kombucha originated in East Asia, Japan or China .
A Chinese legend
Among other legends, this says that kombucha was created when around 247 - 221 BC. BC Emperor Qin put Shi Huangdi into his head to attain immortality and hired an alchemist to brew a drink that would give him eternal life. The Alchemist gave him kombucha . A few years after adapting to kombucha, he switched to pills and passed away. Well, if he had stayed with Kombucha..
Kombucha, the name
Kombucha could be made from a Japanese seaweed tea" Kombu" - seaweed + "cha" - tea = "kombucha" be derived. A small error could have crept in over the centuries and today's tea no longer has much to do with the kombucha we have today.
Leftover kombucha mushroom 4 alternative usage ideasn
Not only as healthy drink you can use your scoby. Also for your beauty t only the best and some Inspirations for excitingrecipes with kombucha cultures that you no longer want to use for tea can be found here.
1. Refreshing Summer Recipes: Sweet Beet (serves 2):
- 4 cm peeled and chopped Ginger
- 300 ml natural kombucha
- 100 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 100 ml carrot juice
- 100 ml beetroot juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
And this is how it is mixed:
Mix all the ingredients in a blender for about 15 seconds and your kombucha summer drink is ready.
2. Kombucha as a dressing for your salad
The Scoby is now also the vinegar mother for your homemade Kombucha vinegar. The longer the kombucha ferments, the more acid it produces. The added sugar ferments more and more over time. In order to make vinegar from your kombucha, it simply has to ferment much longer. We recommend first fermenting a kombucha for 4 weeks. You can add a tablespoon of sugar every 2 weeks over a period of 6 weeks.
In between you can of course always taste with a small spoon whether the vinegar tastes right for you. That sounds like a long time at first, but you will then be presented with a mild vinegar from our own production . Perfect for salads and other fresh dishes.
3. Kombucha Face Mask Let your complexion shine with kombuchan
You need this for 2 applications:
- 100g scoby
- 15 ml kombucha (raw, unflavored)
- 15 ml coconut oil
How to do it:
First, the scoby and half of the kombucha are crushed in a blender. Then you can slowly add the coconut oil and mix everything into a creamy mass. Before the face mask can be applied, we recommend cleaning the face thoroughly with water. Now the mask can be applied evenly to the face. After an exposure time of approx. 10 to 20 minutes, you can carefully rinse off the mask and then pat your face dry.
Danger! Be careful not to get the mask in your eyes as it could sting.
4. Kombucha foot bathd
Simply care for your stressed feet with Kombucha. All you need is a bathtub or a small bowl and you're good to go!
What you need:
- 250 ml very acidic kombucha or alternatively 150 ml kombucha vinegar
- 1 cup Epsom Salt or alternatively other mineral salt
- Eucalyptus oil or another natural essential oil of your choice
How to do it:
Simply put both ingredients in a bathtub of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Afterwards the skin feels super soft.
Kombucha mushroom Scoby not afraid of bacteria!en!
All in all over 30 trillion bacteria from over 1000 bacterial species live in us – that's more bacteria than we have in our body. It's fascinating which one influence the microbiome on our overall health has: In addition to typical digestive problems, other complaints, as already mentioned above, can also have their cause here. It's all the more important the health of your own microbiome to be careful! The Kombucha fungus Scoby can support this decisively. So don't hesitate any longer and start your own kombucha culture at home. To your health and your intestines!
FAQs on the tea fungus
How does a kombucha mushroom develop?
the Kombucha culture is held together by cellulose , in the Yeasts and bacteria in a community exist and benefit each other. The yeasts produce alcohol, which in turn feeds bacteria, which then produce valuable organic acids from alcohol and oxygen .
How to store the kombucha tea mushroom?
AScoby Hotel is a large glass filled with batch liquid. Finished kombucha serves as the starter liquid. There the Scoby is protected against harmful germs. With a suitably low PH value, your Scoby can last for months or even years can be stored with a clear conscience . It is important to protect the fermentation vessel from external influences with a cover cloth. So the Scobys can pause undisturbed at room temperature.
Can you eat the kombucha mushroom?
Yes, theoretically you can eat the kombucha mushroom. Some recommend it for vegans as Substitute product for sushi . However, since it alone is not exactly a treat for the palate, it is advisable to use parts of the scoby or kombucha for delicious recipes, such as smoothies, pancakes, even as a face or hair mask to process. You can find the recipes on our blog.
Can you freeze the scoby mushroom??
You can freeze the scoby, but it is very difficult to activate it afterwards . Therefore, we recommend storing it in a large jar, covered with a cloth and safely stored in the preparation liquid in a so-called Scoby Hotel. There he can up to several years be kept.
How does kombucha taste?
Most people find the fermented tea drink (fermented drink, kombucha drink, kombucha tea) to be sweet Sour , some harsh . Depending on the processing, batch, starter liquid or secondary fermentation, in which the kombucha can be flavored with juice, herbs or fruits, it tastes good very refreshing, fruity and even pleasantly hot with Ginger .
Why is kombucha healthy?
Due to the fermentation, kombucha and the kombucha culture contain many Bacterial strains and microorganisms that have a very positive effect on intestinal health and thus on the immune system . And not only that. Kombucha is a true immune booster and contains bacteria as well Enzymes, vitamins, minerals and trace elements , in addition to that various amino acids, phytochemicals such as polyphenols and isoflavonoids that have an antioxidant effect.
When to drink kombucha?
A small glass of kombucha drink about half an hour before breakfast is optimal in the morning to give your intestines and your immune system an activating basis for the day. In the further course of the day you can enjoy Kombucha at any time, whether independently of the meals or with them Healthy nutrients in the fermented drink always have a positive effect .
How Much Kombucha Should You Drink??
With kombucha it is the same as with all other foods: you should not overdo it with consumption. start with a small glass a day and see how you like the kombucha. After a few days you can also drink more. There is no maximum amount that should be considered and that would lead to side effects.
Hinweis: Dieser Artikel ist ausschließlich für Informationszwecke bestimmt und nicht als professionelle Analyse, Beratung oder medizinische Auskunft zu verstehen, sondern enthält die persönliche Meinung des Autors, basierend auf recherchierter Fachliteratur und eigener Erfahrung zum Thema.