It’s really interesting stuff that I just got turned on to from a visit to a fancy organic restaurant.
They take green or black tea (or a mixture) and ferment it for a month. During the fermentation it becomes slightly alcoholic (about .5%) but the primary benefits are that it gains a ton of healthy bacteria and amino acids and antioxidants. It tastes kinda nasty – like a cross between a sparkling green tea with apple cider vinegar mixed it.. but they say it restores balance to your body.
If you Google it you’ll find all sorts of stuff on it including how it can go completely wrong and almost kill you (it has a cult following so people make it at home and don’t get the bacteria right). GT Kombucha is apparently the most popular commercial brand so that’s what I recently purchased and am drinking now. There are several other commercial variations. You’ll most likely find it at a health food store like Fruitful Yield or a Whole Foods/Wild Oats/Trader Joe’s.
More to come.