It is believed Kombucha originated in northeast China around 2000 years ago and has been consumed as a health drink in Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe ever since. It is commonly accepted that it journeyed along old trade routes and developed regional variations along the way.
‘Mushroom Tea’ has been recorded in Russia for around 100 years, mainly as a homemade drink. The ‘mushroom’ refers to the pellicule which develops during fermentation. Kombucha contains no fungus.
Kombucha has various names and variations, for example, in Japan it is often referred to as ‘The Tea of Immortality’.