kombucha "mushroom"

Bruce Micales bmicales at facstaff.wisc.edu
Sat Jul 8 00:39:34 EST 1995


In article <3te64u$3s4 at odo.PEAK.ORG> microbe at PEAK.ORG (Steven Carpenter) writes:

>The long discussion about which species can or cannot hurt you is
>based on a dangerous assumption that each kombucha culture is 
>exactly the same.  This is doubtful.  The kombucha is grown in open
>air by many people (like sourdough) and is capable of having a number
>of wild species and strains of both bacteria, filamentous and single
>celled fungi.  Yes, someone may have analyzed a culture of kombucha,
>but nobody to my knowledge has identified fungi and bacteria in ALL existing
>cultures.  

Yes, but if you are going to identify the bacterial strains present in the 
"mushroom", please use names that are valid and up-to-date.  This was my point.

>Like the container used to ferment pickles, this kombucha thing is
>mostly a crock.

I agree.  There may be some good, but not nearly as much as some would like 
you to beleive.

Bruce Micales

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