Jun tea is a wonderful fermented probiotic health drink, a little similar to Kombucha. Like Kombucha the Jun needs a SCOBY, a symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.
The most exciting bit about Jun tea is that is made with green tea and honey. You must make sure you have the right scoby, you cant have Kombucha scoby and make Jun tea….the cultures have learnt to feed off the right types of sugars. Jun tea is slighty softer in flavour, lighter in colour and more effervescent than Kombucha.
One of the things that I love about Jun is that it has has shorter fermenting time than Kombucha, Jun usually takes about 3-4 days, depending on the temperature of course. That why I love fermenting Kombucha, Jun and Water Kefir…yes it is like the mad scientists house at our house…down in the laboratory…..scobys everywhere.
Another comparison between the two is that the Jun has less caffeine in the finished tea, as the scoby will eat and feeds off the honey and the caffeine. Jun tea is a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Jun is also a natural probiotic which can help with digestive health and of course gut health and is a fabulous source of organic acids. As Grandma once upon a time would always have lemon juice in water, drinking Jun tea has also become part of our health culture today. When you drink the Jun tea you are drinking organic acids that have a alkalizing effect on the body and can help balance the ph on the body, just like the lemon juice does!
4 teaspoon green tea
1/2 cup organic honey
2 litres of fresh filtered water 1 Jun scoby and half a cup of starter
Boil the water and and the green tea, let it steep for 10 minutes then add the honey and stir until combined. Leave the tea until it is cool, as with all fermented teas this part is important as heat will kill a scoby, so your tea must be cool and not hot. Add the scoby and starter mix to the tea.
place a cloth or tea towel over the top of the jar and place on the bench out of direct sunlight. Set and forget, you can sample it around day 3 and using a straw taste the tea and if it is to your liking you are ready to bottle you Jun tea.
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Once you have bottled your Jun tea you can place it in the refrigerator to stop the fermenting process. You should try and consume at least one or more cups of this fabulous drink a day to help with that all important gut health, and then you experiment with double ferments!!!