Long before U.S. hipsters discovered it, kombucha was a staple in Russia. It’s making a comeback

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A dedicated kombuchaddict knows kombucha originated in China. But the fermented tea also has roots in Russia. An LA Times article highlights the reemerging food trend in the Soviet Union. The favorite drink made from a “tea mushroom” (scoby) was a favorite before carbonated, sugar-filled sodas entered the market.

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