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All about the origin of the fermented tea drink

The fermentation of the tea drink has a long tradition.

Over the past few centuries, a number of legends and myths have accumulated around kombucha. Some even seem a little amusing. But they also show the long tradition of the drink with the unusual name and the many healthy ingredients.

The tea drink is neither a recent fad nor a modern invention. According to tradition, its birthplace is most likely somewhere in East Asia, Japan or China. For some time now, the fermented fermented beverage has been produced and drunk primarily in eastern regions, from Eastern Europe to Russia to India.

Chinese legend about Kombucha

Firstly, a Chinese legend states that fermented tea drink originated around 247 BC - 221 BC. Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi had set his mind on achieving immortality. He commissioned an alchemist to brew a drink that would give him eternal life. The alchemist gave him kombucha. A few years after he got used to kombucha, he switched to pills and died. Well, if only he'd stuck to natural medicine.

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The Japanese doctor Kombu as name giver

Possibly the Japanese doctor Kombu is also the name giver. The doctor with the name "Kombi-ha-chimu-kamu-ki-mu" is said to have been the last rescue of the dying emperor Inyokos in the year 414 after Christ. He administered a healing drink to the emperor. According to legend, this is an earlier form of tea drink.

Japanese algae tea

The name Kombucha could also be derived from a Japanese algae tea "Kombu" - algae + "Cha" - tea = "Kombucha ". For centuries a small mistake in the tradition could have crept in and the fermented tea has today not at all much to do with our tea drink.

Japanese Samurai in the 10th century

It is possible that the Japanese samurai in the 10th century AD used Kombucha to gain strength for the next battle. According to legend, the samurai wore the miracle drink on their hips even back then.

Today, the tea drink is still the talk of the town

Especially known in Russia and the Balkans. The various family recipes are well guarded and passed down from generation to generation. Giving a newly formed mushroom culture to another household connects people there and strengthens the community.

The personal attachment to kombucha and appreciation of the special drink is evident in the myriad nicknames

"Japanese Mother," "Russian Flower," "Medusa Tea," "Hero Mushroom," "Magic Mushroom."

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One thing is certain! About the drink there are countless affectionate stories, which almost always revolve around its healing and vitalizing properties.

By drinking kombucha, you're upholding an age-old tradition. If you even make the drink yourself, you are doing the same as the ancient Japanese and Chinese and keeping the magic of kombucha alive.

KOMBUCHERY Blog Autor Merle

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Merle from KOMBUCHERY

Note: This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional analysis, advice or medical information, but contains the author's personal opinion based on researched literature and personal experience on the subject.

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