Where did Kombucha originate?
While there are many stories about the genesis of Kombucha, it is believed to have originated in East Asia around 221 BC. It is said that Emperor Qin Shi was the first to make and drink Kombucha. By the time of the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s, Kombucha was found in all Chinese homes.
There are reports that Kombucha was used in times of war to help soldiers stay strong during battle. As conflict brought together armies from several nations, including China, Korea, Japan, and Russia, warriors would exchange various items, such as Kombucha cultures. That’s when records of Kombucha in Russia first began to appear.
Living Food for the Living Body
Over the last few decades, Kombucha has experienced a tremendous resurgence, becoming incredibly popular in the United States, Canada, and throughout the Western world.
“Many attribute the formal start of the domestic [U.S.] kombucha industry to GT Dave who founded GT’s Kombucha, which has continued to be the leading domestic kombucha brand.”