Mary has been enjoying tea thanks to our neighbour who gave her some chaga mushrooms last week. If you are like us and haven't heard of this mushroom or its health benefits then check it out by clicking HERE
The chaga is actually a fungus that grows on the birch tree and is found only in boreal forests. This is what it looks like after you remove it from the trunk of the tree.
The exterior is hard and rough. The interior is cork like until it is completely dried out.
After you bring it home you dry it and pound it into smaller chunks for making tea.
We have also been brewing up a bunch of Kombucha. It is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black tea. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacterial and yeast ( a SCOBY, a.k.a. "mother" because of its ability to reproduce, or "mushroom" because of its appearance).
It has been used for 2000 years and has a history of anecdotal health claims like preventing cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases unfortunately without any scientific proof. However it is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver.
We have yet to taste our first batch of Kombucha. It naturally ferments for 2 weeks, or up to a month depending on how potent you like your drink. We will update at some point after we have tried it.
If you drink Kombucha let us know your thoughts.