Target has jumped on Kombucha bandwagon with the introduction of the trendy drink into their natural and organic private brand Simply Balanced. Simply Balanced Kombucha is lightly effervescent, fruity, made from sweetened black tea and certified USDA Organic. Flavors include Blueberry Grape, Ginger, Mango and Raspberry, Lemon & Ginger retailing at $2.79 a bottle.
The tea dates back 2,000 years to ancient China, where it was regularly consumed to remedy inflammatory ailments such as arthritis and thought to ward off cancer. More recently, Kombucha enthusiasts have used the beverage as an at-home remedy for acne, fatigue, hypertension, headaches, and constipation.
Making Kombucha requires tea, sugar, and an active starter culture of bacteria and yeast. The culture, known as the “mother culture,” is combined with tea—usually black or green—and sits for roughly 10 days. During this time, a thin colony of bacteria forms on top. After the fermentation process is complete, the new culture can be used to start other brews, while the pungent beverage below is ready for drinking