Fermented tea mainly consumed throughout Russia and Eastern Europe. It is slightly alcoholic and made with sweetened green or black tea. It is produced through the fermentation of certain kinds of bacteria and yeast. In Russia, Kombucha is also known as grib,
which means mushroom in Russian. Kombucha is similar to Kvass
, another fermented tea that is produced solely with yeast fermentation.
Kombucha is now sold and homebrewed globally. It rose to prominence in virtue of its purported health benefits. However, there is no evidence that supports the health benefits attributed to it.
Kombucha is thought to have originated in Manchuria, however, it is unsure when it originated. The term kombucha is actually a misapplied loanword from Japanese. In Japanese, kombucha
is the word for kelp tea, so a type of tea made with seaweed and not fermented tea. Nonetheless, the name kombucha has remained and is now globally used for this drink.
Given that kombucha is considered a traditional drink in Russia, the correct pronunciation of it is in Russian. Hence, Kombucha is pronounced Kam-boo-chuh
. The "o" is pronounced like an "a". The "u" is pronounced with a double "o" and the final "a" is then pronounced with an abbreviated "uh" sound.