What are water kefir grains?
Water kefir grains are soft and gelatinous “grains” from a cactus plant. They grow and multiply when healthy and fed.
They are thought to originate from Mexico where they thrived in the sugary water of the Ountia (prickly pear) cactus.
Organic water kefir grains make a sparkling drink by fermenting a sugar-water solution. Over 90% of the sugar is used during the fermentation process resulting in a low-calorie drink very high in bacteria and yeast. A healthy alternative to soda or sweetener-laden drinks, it can be flavored with fruit, fruit juices, or herbal teas resulting in a fantastic tasting beverage.
Water kefir grains are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Although they’re called “grains,” they look more like gelatinous blobs though they contain no actual grains or gluten. These bacteria feed on sugar and produce lactic acid, and carbon dioxide, yielding a fermented carbonated beverage. If you don’t want to consume dairy products, then water kefir is an excellent non-dairy fermented food source you can enjoy every day.
Water kefir is typically composed of Lactobacillus casei/paracasei, Lactobacillus harbinensis, Lactobacillus hilgardii, Bifidobacterium psychraerophilum/crudilactis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Dekkera bruxellensis. It typically contains fewer bacteria than milk kefir but offers a dairy-free alternative fermented drink that can also be consumed daily. It’s simple to make, and as long as you look after the culture, it will produce water kefir indefinitely.
Recommended activation date for culture:
15 days from the date of shipping. Best stored in the fridge if the product can not be activated on arrival.