Did Kombucha come from China, or did different places invent it independently? The way unrefrigerated food starts immediately fermenting, coupled with our species obsession with drinking fermented things (no matter how awful it may taste or weird it may appear), makes Kombucha origin-tracing difficult. However, as the tea Camellia Sinensis came from China, the drink derived from fermentation of Camellia Sinensis probably came from China as well. Take a look at the simple interactive map below which shows the names different languages have for Kombucha. I think the most interesting thing I discovered was that ‘Wine’ is the same in Armenian as it is in Japanese. Huh.
January 22, 2017