This is one of our favourites! Both part sweet and tart and deliciously effervescent. This is a healthy tonic worthy of a champagne flute.
Water kefir, or tibicos, is a traditional fermented drink made by culturing water, sugar, and fruit with a starter culture. The starter culture contains various beneficial bacteria and yeasts that produce a slightly tart, effervescent drink.
Like all cultured drinks, water kefir is naturally rich in beneficial bacteria and yeasts. And for people who are dairy-free and who cannot eat milk kefir or yogurt, it’s an excellent source of probiotics!
Researchers have studied the microbial composition of water kefir since the late 19th century. And water kefir cultures typically contain nearly 60 strains of lactobacillus bacteria, yeasts and other microbes. That’s more than yogurt, but less than milk kefir.
Water kefir, like most fermented foods, supports gut health and systemic wellness. The beneficial bacteria in the water kefir grains consume the sugar in the sugar water, and as they metabolize the sugar, they produce a variety of beneficial acids, food enzymes, B vitamins and more beneficial bacteria.
Learn how to make your own naturally effervescent, flavoured kefir water. It's easy and doesn't take much of your time at all.
Each kit contains grains and starter kefir water.
Instructions on how to care for your grains can be downloaded here.
You may also want to purchase a 2L glass jar for making your water kefir here