By Erica Garza
Throughout the island, you will find a variety of foods, drinks and supplements that boast lasting health benefits. Of the raw variety, which includes seaweed, kale, and numerous juices, kombucha is hardly a newcomer, but full of health benefits on its own which vegans, vegetarians and nearly anyone looking for a health boost will appreciate.
What is Kombucha?
Referred to by many as the “immortal elixir,” kombucha is a fermented tea made with beneficial bacteria and yeast, and is often used for medicinal purposes. It works with your body to boost its natural ability to fight sickness and disease, in addition to bringing a healthy balance back to your metabolism and organs.
Kombucha is an overflowing source of organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids, and polyphenols. Its live cultures stimulate digestion, increase energy, sharpen eyesight, aid joint recovery and improve skin elasticity.
Where does it originate?
The first recorded mention of kombucha was in 19th century Russia, but many historians have argued that the beverage was actually consumed in ancient China, namely during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE).
Where can I buy some?
One of the more popular brands of kombucha tea is GT, which comes in a number of flavors, from Citrus and Gingerade to its Synergy products made from kombucha and strawberry, raspberry, or mango to name just a few options. These product can be easily picked up at almost any supermarket or health food store on the island.
Maui is also home to Maui Kombucha Café & Lounge in Haiku, offering kombucha by the cup for $4 or by the gallon for $25. The café also offers raw foods and a vanilla bean-infused toddy. Kombucha here comes in a variety of flavors, including lilikoi, blueberry, mango and ginger.