I am not really a huge kombucha history (or history in general) fan, but you can find some interesting stories below.
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Here is a short story about Kombucha History:
It is believed that Kombucha mushroom or Kombu-Tea originated in Asia (one of the TCM - Traditional CHinese Medicine Remedy) during the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 212BC - it was reffered to as the Remedy for Immortality - Tea of Eternal Life. However there are so many different stories about Kombucha history origins that you should decide which one is your favourite :)
My favourite is the one talking about a lady, Dr. Kombu, korean doctor who brought it to the Japanese Emperor Inyoko in 414 AD. Samurai, the warriors of ancient Japan, were said to carry it in their wine skins as it was supposed to give them energy in battle.
Chá is a Chinese word for Tea
From Asia, it traveled via the Silk Road to Russia and all of Europe. The most definite recorded kombucha history began in Ukraine and Russia during the late 19th century. In Russian, this culture is called čajnyj grib (literally “tea mushroom”), while the beverage itself is known as grib (“mushroom” or affectionately gribok – “little mushroom”) or “tea kvass” and was attributed to saving Nobel Prize winner Alexsander Solzhenitsyn’s life while in exile in Siberia.
It was very popular in Russia and Europe until World War II, when sugar and tea were rationed, making them too hard to come by for the average family. Being as they are most important ingredients, it is easy to understand why the practice was lost. Fortunately, enough preserved the tradition, and after the war, it enjoyed a brief resurgence among the Italian elite, then began it’s ascent again through Eastern Europe.
In the 1960’s, Swiss research confirmed the health benefits of drinking Kombu-tea, providing another boost to its popularity and becoming one of the popular home remedies. In Japan, it goes by the name “kōcha kinoko” (“red tea mushroom”). Do not confuse it with the “Seaweed Tea” also called kombucha in Japanese.
For hundreds of years a tea has been made from Chaga (a birch-tree mushroom) by the Russian peasants of the Alexandrove district near Moscow to cure cancer. There is speculation that the Kombucha mushroom is related to the Birch-tree mushroom.
Over all these years many stories have been told of how this fermented tea beverage, Kombu-tea has appeared to have performed miracles - this is why it is also calle Kombucha Wonder drink. Hence names such as miracle fungus, magical fungus, elixir of life and gout tea.
There are reports from several different countries of the use of this famous tea. The fungus is given local names in various countries such as: Russian Fungus, Japanese sponge, the Divine Tsche, Mongolian wine, Indian wine, Fungus Japonicus, Pichia fermentans, Cembuya, Orientalis, Combuchu, Tschambucco, Volga Spring, Mo Gu, Champignon de longue vie, Teekwass, Kwassan, pseudo lichen and Kargasok Tea, Scoby, kochakinoko.
Kombucha Wonder Drink
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