January 30, 2018

You may have heard of milk kefir, but have you heard of water kefir? Water kefir is a lightly sweet, non dairy, gluten free beverage that contains beneficial probiotics. It’s made by soaking water kefir grains in sugar water, fruit juice or coconut water for 24-48 hours. The crystal like grains are composed of yeasts and bacteria that ferment the sugar and make it nutritious.

To add more flavor, a second fermentation can be done by adding fresh or dried fruit, herbs and even vanilla or other extracts. Water kefir can also be used to make condiments, popsicles or other foods. It's an easy, cost effective and delicious way to get more beneficial probiotics into your diet and body.

It’s not clear exactly where water kefir originated. Some sources say it comes from Mexico while others say the Caucasus Mountains of Tibet. Water kefir has been used around the world, probably for centuries. Other names include: tibicos, tibi, California bees, African bees, balm of Gilead, Japanese beer seed...

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