On January 15, National Booch Day is celebrated in the U.S. to pay tribute to kombucha tea that has existed on this planet for centuries. Also known as the National Kombucha Day, the holiday aims to provide “booch” fans with an opportunity to simply unwind and sip on their favorite tea. And yes, several flavors of the tea are available. If you haven’t tried kombucha tea before, now is the time to give it a shot. Why, you ask? Because the tea is full of probiotics and vitamins that are meant to elevate your health.
History of National Booch Day
The origins of the tea go as far back as 2737 B.C., when the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nong, discovered the miraculous tea. According to legend, the tea was created by accident. As the story goes, the Emperor was merely boiling water, when a leaf from a wild tree drifted into his pot, furthermore brewing the first tea. The Emperor loved the tea and decided to introduce it to the people around him — and the rest is history. From thereon, the tea spread out to Japan, Russia, and finally the Western world.
The tea was given the name Kombucha after a man named Dr. Kombu brought the beverage to the Japanese Emperor Inyoko during his travels. After the tea became famous, the term “cha” was added to Dr. Kombu’s name. The term “cha,” means “tea” in Japanese. Based on the myths of ancient times, the tea was presumed to give samurais a great deal of energy during battle. When the tea finally reached Europe in 1900, it gained instant popularity due to its rumoured health benefits. For those who haven’t tried the tea, the tea is a unique mixture of sweet and sour. It is also often compared with wine and apple cider. The tea is created from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY).
Once Kombucha reached the U.S., it became a household name. Hence, the beverage brand KeVita saw it as a perfect business opportunity, and decided to launch their brand of Kombucha tea. The National Booch Day was also founded on January 15, 2019, by the same company.
National Booch Day timeline
Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi invents the tea and calls it “The Tea of Immortality.”
Kombucha cures an epidemic in Germany.
The tea is famous in American households and is called “Groovy Tea.”.
PepsiCo purchases kombucha maker, KeVita for $200 million.
National Booch Day FAQs
What is a booch drink?
A booch drink is basically a fermented tea simply named kombucha.
What are the negative effects of kombucha?
The negative effects include stomach problems, yeast infections, allergic reactions, and vomiting.
Are two bottles of kombucha a day too much?
It is better to limit yourself to one to two 8-ounce servings per day.
How to Celebrate National Booch Day
Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? Now is the time to give it a shot! You can also try out the different flavors of the tea available in the market.
Treat your friends
Take your friends out for some tea and have a relaxing evening out. Kombucha will also help in uplifting your mood.
Watch how kombucha is made
Are you confused about how to make the tea? Use this day to find out exactly how. You can either watch a documentary or visit a place where you can see it created live.
5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Kombucha
Ingredients of kombucha
Since the tea is fermented, it is also mildly alcoholic.
Only glass containers to brew the tea
Acids in kombucha could leach toxic chemicals from ceramic containers.
Sales in 2014
Kombucha tea sales went over $400 million.
Kombucha allergies in people
These include head and neck pain, or nausea and vomiting, and even jaundice!
Not tea for the young
Health professionals don’t recommend that children below four years drink kombucha.
Why National Booch Day is Important
It promotes the benefits of kombucha
The day promotes the advantages of kombucha tea that has existed for centuries.
It brings together various cultures
The day helps in accepting different cultures and their foods and drinks. For instance, kombucha has its ancestral roots in China.
The day is insightful
The day is informative as it spreads knowledge regarding the tea, its benefits, and its disadvantages if over consumed.
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