What's the Deal With: Kombucha?

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Do you drink kombucha? We haven't tried it ourselves, yet, but as avid tea-drinkers we're cautiously intrigued. Kombucha is a Russian tea drink that has been fermented with a culture of yeast and bacteria. This kombucha colony grows into a large umbrella inside the fermenting tea - it looks like a huge floating mushroom.

The tea is supposed to have health benefits ranging from increased energy and sense of wellbeing to anti-cancer properties. Like other folk remedies, it's been adapted into bottled drinks marketed with an astonishing array of health claims.

We hear it tastes slightly sour and refreshing, and that the sugar content is low. We're a little skeptical about all the health claims, but we're interested in trying it. Anyone here a kombucha drinker?

(Image credit: Kombucha)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.