I have been wanting to try Komboucha for a long time. They claim there are a lot of health benefits including probiotics which help your immune system, your digestive system and help your body get rid of free radicals. I am not getting any younger… so why not?
My friends Amy & Jack were here visiting from Fargo. We decided to make a trip to Campbell’s Nutrition here in Des Moines. Campbell’s is a great local market which has a vast selection of products which support a natural and organic lifestyle.
On this visit I came across GT’s Kombucha in the cooler. It was $3.99 for one bottle. Posted on the cooler was a sign stating a limit of 6 per person. Apparently it is very popular and they cannot keep it in stock. There were many different flavors to choose from but I chose the Botanic #7. On the bottle it said, Cleanse your system and calm your nerves with hibiscus, orange peel chamomile and fresh-pressed ginger.” I have to admit when I picked up the bottle I was not sure if I could drink it. I am not a big fan of things floating in my drinks. However, I knew this was part of the deal before I purchased it. Kombucha is fermented and has a lot of yeasty bits floating in it (this is the good stuff that will help your system). You can see some of it in the bottom of the bottle in the picture.
I took it home and it sat in the fridge for a few days. To be honest, I was kind of scared of it. One morning a few days later I decided it was time to drink it before it expired. My first reaction before I drank it was to shake it up! I did this because it totally made sense to me. Shaking it up will assist in breaking down those yeasty bits so I can drink it, right? So after I shake it up for a good 3 minutes it clearly states on the label that it is “naturally effervescent – Do Not Shake.” Well, they are not kidding! I shook it for 3 whole minutes… Big mistake. It took me 10 minutes to open the bottle and I lost 1/4 of it!
So… what did it taste like. It was kind of sour, kinda vinegary, very effervescent but palatable. To be honest I am not sure that I am such a big fan. I can’t say that I would never try it again but it would definitely take some time to adjust. I guess I am still not crazy about yeasty bits floating in my beverages.
Try it for yourself… tell me how you liked it!