What exactly is this Lapacho?
Let's start with terminology!Lapacho is a medicinal tea made from the inner bark of Pau 'Arco tree.
"Pau d’arco is a tree with extremely hard wood. Its name is the Portuguese word for “bow stick,” an appropriate term considering the tree’s use by the native South American Indians for making hunting bows. The bark and wood are used to make medicine." (2*)
Pic sourced from Nutrawiki.org (1*)
Lapacho has been used traditionally to fight many diseases & ailments by native people in South America & the tree has been called "The Pharmacy of the Incas"
There's a lot of information available about the Lapacho tea & about its health benefits.
Here's a quick overview from Dr. Axe:
If you are interested in more details, then there's a wonderful online article about Lapacho by Dr. Mowry, who is the Director of the Mountainwest Institute of Herbal Sciences, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This online article can be found on a page of Southern Botanicals - Herbal & Nutrition & it is titled: "Purple Lapacho: Ancient Herb, Modern Miracle" (4*)
The tea itself is rich in essential vitamins & minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, boron, barium & iodine. The flavor is also very pleasant mild taste, a bit woodsy with hints of vanilla & almond.
So, because we like the flavor of this tea & because we were also intrigued by the medicinal properties of Lapacho, then it was quite obvious that this tea would end up as yet another Kombucha in our collection.
And in order for us to enjoy a delicious glass like this:
We have to do go through all the following steps. So, we start with this beautiful tea:
And our filtered & revitalized water...
When Lapacho is steeped we add some Yerba Mate. Yerba Mate plays an important function here, as it activates all the beneficial properties of Lapacho & the knowledge of doing comes from "centuries of experience in these matters by South American natives". (5*)
After adding some of our unrefined BIO (Organic) sugar, one of our lucky Scobies & some starter liquid, the whole mixture undergoes the first fermentation in one of our glass jars:
After this fermentation process is over, we bottle our Lapacho Kombucha:
And then it still undergoes a second fermentation, in order to allow for the creation of all natural CO2, as we do not add any artificial CO2 like some brewers do. As you can notice, this Kombucha is quite bubbly already. That is the result of a good fermentation.
Eventually, when it's all done & that is approximately a two week process, we can enjoy this very tasty & unusual Kombucha in a glass:
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Live Kombucha Cultures, BIO Unrefined Brown Sugar, Lapacho & Yerba Mate
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