Thinking about Jun Kombucha makes me think about the yogurt market years ago. I remember going into the grocery store, shopping for yogurt, and your options were pretty much the same type of boring yogurt with different flavors.
Compare that to today, where my choices are almost limitless to types (Icelandic! Bulgarian!), varieties (whipped, protein-fortified), mix-ins, and seemingly endless options.
Jun Kombucha is the new variety we’ve all been waiting for.
Of course, we all know and love our black tea kombucha, but it’s time for us to branch out.
Yes, you can flavor your black tea kombucha in many ways, but Jun is a whole other animal in the kombucha world. And it’s time Cultures for Health tamed it for all of you.
HISTORY OF GREEN TEA
Camellia sinensis is a plant that yields varieties of white, green, and black tea.
Its origins date back to 3000 BC in China, and Chinese scholars noted medicinal benefits in the “Tea Book” or The Cha Ching, written by Lu Yu around 780 AD.
Green tea, specifically, was used for ceremonies, with some sources reporting that it was reserved for the highest-ranking members of society.
It has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and was even used as currency.
There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.”
To say green tea has tremendous significance is an understatement.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
The scientific community notes that, in general, the benefits of green tea outweigh that of black tea.
This is mainly because green tea contains flavonoids - with four major flavonoids found in green tea that have pretty fantastic health benefits.
Why is this different from black tea?
Black tea leaves undergo oxidation (a fermentation process, actually) after harvest, whereas green tea leaves do not.
Neither approach is terrible, but the process for green tea allows it to wither only slightly, preserving the color and flavor of this delicate leaf.
Back to those flavonoids. Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful antioxidant (twice as powerful as resveratrol, found in red wine).
Antioxidants can help fight free radicals - which are cancer-causing agents.
ECGC has also been found to have cholesterol-lowering properties along with the ability to lower the risk of blood clots.
Other flavonoids in green tea have been attributed to increased immunity and anti-viral effects, anti-inflammatory properties, and even reduction in tooth decay!
It should be noted that a few studies don’t prove anything, but the stream of evidence suggests that there are many benefits to adding green tea to your diet.
How do you take green tea to the next level?
By using it to make Jun Kombucha, of course! When you use green tea and honey as your food source for your Jun SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), you increase the health benefits and include probiotics in the mix.
These probiotics will contribute to improved gut health and digestive regulation, as well as immunity-boosting advantages.
And you can brew continuous batches of Jun Kombucha with a bit of care and maintenance, reaping the benefits over and over again.
What Does Jun Kombucha Taste Like?
Kombucha lovers find that Jun has a more balanced flavor that is delicate, pleasant, crisper, brighter, and contains more floral notes than black tea kombucha.
Think of black tea kombucha as the big, bold red wine and Jun kombucha as the crisp, delightful champagne.
THE CHAMPAGNE OF KOMBUCHA
Yes, Jun lovers have coined it the “champagne of kombucha.” It’s light, crisp, and becomes fizzy when bottled.
As its main ingredient, green tea, it’s a highly prized, delicious, health-promoting drink you can brew over and over again.
So if you’re looking for the right beverage after a long day, definitely give Jun Kombucha a try.
Some people use it as a replacement for alcoholic beverages when they want a fizzy, enjoyable drink without the burden of alcohol impairment. And it’s better for you.
Cheers to that!
Now that you know a little more about Jun tea you're nearly ready to make it at home. To help you make sure you have all the supplies you need at home, Cultures for Health is here to help you with all of your fermentation needs.
With the largest selection of kombucha starters and tools, we have everything you need and more. Our best selling option is our Kombucha Starter Kit which has everything you need to start making kombucha at home. This starter kit includes:
- 1 - Kombucha Tea Starter Culture (1 SCOBY)
- 1 - Bag of Organic Cane Sugar (1 cup bag)
- 1 - Bottle of Organic Distilled White Vinegar (8 fl. oz. bottle)
- 1 - Bag of Organic Black Tea Bags (8 tea bags)
- 1 - Stick-On Thermometer
- 1 - Butter Muslin Jar Cover (1 square yard)
- 1 - Vial of pH strips (vial of 25 strips)
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