Water Kefir is a live cultured beverage made with filtered water, water kefir grains, fruit and organic sugar. The grains are a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) that feed on the carbohydrates in the sugared water and the fruit. Beneficial bacteria develops creating a gut friendly drink rich in probiotics, minerals and B vitamins.
The fermentation process metabolises the sugar, produces lactobacillus and carbon dioxide and the resulting drink is tangy and carbonated with little of the sugar remaining. Depending on how long or rapidly the fermentation is the drink can be drier or sweeter, and so can appeal to both children and adults. It can be very tasty in a gin instead of tonic!
The flavourings are all seasonal, so this month we will be taking advantage of the lovely range of autumnal fruits – plums, damsons, greengages and apples – all to be paired with late Summer herbs such as lemon verbena, thyme, mints …
“Kefir helps to alleviate many intestinal disorders, promotes regular bowel movements, reduces flatulence and enhances the digestive function overall. It enhances immunity and replenishes healthy gut bacteria that are essential to fight infection…” Asa Sorenson