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Grow You Own Kombucha SCOBY

It was my husband who first introduced me to kombucha quite a  number of years ago. I must admit when I first tried it I did not like it.  I continued to drink it because I knew it was good for me and after a while I found flavors I enjoyed.   As an herbalist I was drawn to the hibiscus, red clover,  lavender and other herbal varieties.  I would see all those brightly colored bottles at the health food store and my curiosity bubbled over with how to make it.  I started watching youtube videos of how to make your own kombucha and I must admit it did not make me feel confident that I could do it.  It seemed so confusing.  I decided making kombucha was not for me and I continued to buy from my local store.  Every now and then I would run across an article or a video and dream of making kombucha on my own.  My biggest dilemma, was where was I going to get a SCOBY or a culture, I was not fond of ordering one from off line.

I can not remember how, but someone gave me a SCOBY which stands for  symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. I finally had the opaque rubbery disk that I considered my kombucha gold.   I was so excited. This was my chance.  I researched for days, read countless articles and downloaded pages of instructions.  When it was time to get started I was so confused and overwhelmed I couldn’t do it. My kombucha gold piece  dried up and ended up in the garbage. Not a highlight in my kombucha making career.

Years past and  few years ago I acquired another SCOBY.  This time I asked the person that gave it too me lots of questions.  I wrote everything down and she assured me it was easy.  “Okay” I said to myself, I can do this and I convinced myself I was going to make my own kombucha.   Guess what?! I did make my own kombucha and I made a lot of it  and the family loved it.  I loved making kombucha so much I started facilitating  a few classes and teaching people how easy it was. Everyone I have taught has continued  to make their own kombucha with ease.

Okay so what’s next,  Growing my own SCOBY.  Growing my own SCOBY turned out to be easier than I thought.  In fact I really do not know what took me so long.  I decided to create this video  for anyone who has been intimated to grow their own SCOBY.  I talk you through the steps  and show you my end results.  I will also post a part two video which will show you how make your next batch of kombucha.

Have fun kombucha warriors.

Wild Weeds Chickweed Pesto

While your neighbors are trying to figure out ways to get rid of this “pesky” weed, you can gather some up from your lawn and make a nutritious pesto.  Chickweed, stellaria media is a common weed that grows here in Fl between late January and Mid March.  She does not stay around long but for the time she is here, you can give your immune system  a boost if you choose to eat her tender leaves and stems several times a week.

According to Susun Weed  and other Folk Herbalist Chickweed packs a nutritious punch with her substantial amounts of aluminum, copper, iron,  potassium and protein. She is high in calcium, potassium, silicon and more.  She is one the great lymphatic and glandular supporters which makes her a great companion for spring cleaning.  She is very cooling to our systems and soothes a cranky digestive tract. These are just a few of her amazing benefits and she if found in most people’s yard in early Spring.

Chickweed grows in abundance here is Minneola and my yard is full so we enjoy her tender leaves in salads, on sandwiches, juiced, in smoothies and my favorite in a pesto.  Here is my video on how to make chickweed pesto and the recipe. Enjoy!!

  1. several handfuls of chickweed
  2. 3 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  3. 2 tbsp of raw nuts or seeds
  4. fresh lemon juice for one lemon
  5. sea salt to taste
  6. pepper to taste
  7. olive oil (enough to make moist) 1/4 cup is a good start

Watch the video to learn how to make this amazing dish.  Serve with fresh veggies, crackers, fruit. You can make a pizza or add to steamed veggies as a topping.  The ideas are endless.