kombucha

noun kom·bu·cha \ ˌkäm-ˈbü-chə , -shə \

Definition of kombucha

: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits
  • This tea's namesake ingredient, kombucha, is a mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria, often incorrectly called a mushroom.
  • Self Healing
also : a somewhat effervescent beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black or green tea and sugar
  • The rise in kombucha's popularity is part of a larger trend in "probiotic" foods containing bacteria, which some studies suggest benefit digestion and boost the immune system.
  • —Malia Wollan

Origin and Etymology of kombucha

probably misapplication of Japanese konbucha, kobucha "tea made from kelp," from kobu, konbu "kelp" + cha "tea"


Medical Dictionary

kombucha

noun kom·bu·cha \ ˌkäm-ˈbü-shə , -chə \

medical Definition of kombucha

: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits; also : the beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black tea and sugar

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