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A favorite fermented beverage in our home is homemade root beer. Root beer is a healthful and very traditional North American beverage brewed with sassafras bark (Sassafras albidium) or sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata). If you like hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, you will find sassafras trees growing wild nearly everywhere you go. A handful of sassafras …

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The fruit flies are really a challenge in my neck of the woods this year – much more so than in any years past that I remember. Fruit flies love, and I mean looove, kombucha and its cousin made with honey, Jun tea, also called kombucha champagne. There’s something about the sweet and slightly sour smell …

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I was gifted my very first Jun tea culture in recent months from a friend who told me that he seemed to digest it even better than the fermented drink known as kombucha. I was excited to learn of a ferment made with honey and green tea instead of black tea and sugar, which is …

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Oranges are the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world. A hybrid of ancient cultivated origin, possibly the pomelo and the mandarin, the orange is widely grown in warm climes with Brazil and the United States (California and Florida) predominant. The elementary school I attended in Dunedin, Florida happened to be located only a …

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Investigation of the culinary practices of Ancestral Societies from around the world reveals that nearly all of them utilized various types of fermented foods and drinks to assist digestion, maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria and keep immunity strong. Of course, these cultures did not understand the science behind the benefits of fermented foods; …

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big advocate of probiotic and enzyme rich fermented beverages and homemade soda. A survey of ethnic drinks from around the world reveals that enjoyment of the unique, health boosting refreshment furnished by traditionally fermented beverages is nearly universal.

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Woo-hoo! School’s out – at least at our house.  Let the summertime fun begin! Our family enjoys lots of outdoor activities during the warmer months, but heat and humidity and sweat and thirst just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?