2015-04-16 16:59:17 Writen By: Green Bar

Toot Juice

Toot Soda! I’ve got culture!

Toot Soda! I’ve got culture!

A cultured probiotic sparkly drink that will give you all the guts to do the things you love!

Its Effervescent- do you know what that means? It’s that fun factor in drinks when the bubbles tickle your nose and it makes you smile!

Why would it give you guts?

Lacto-fermented soda is made by adding a probiotic culture to juice or any other sweetened drink, and letting it ferment. This transforms the drink into a fizzy, sweet and sour, nutritionally beneficial for digestion.

I used fresh Mulberries, known as Toot in Arabic, which reminds me of picking them off the trees as a child, in my t-shirt after my mother packed all the winter clothes, it reminds me of new beginnings, freedom and inspiration.

Medicinal Values and how this drink can heal?

Mulberry is a huge source of iron, calcium, Vitamin A, C, E and K, Folate, Thiamine, Pyridoxine, Niacin and Fiber. It helps prevent damage to DNA cells from free radicals which are the cause of many health problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, ageing and many more. It is also said to improve eye vision, immunity, memory and promote hair health (it helps reverse white hair growth to the original hair color).

For the soda

Part I

First you need to make a Ginger Bug which is a vegan probiotic starter culture.

Ginger Bug

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 inch of fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon sugar (the sugar is for feeding the yeast – not you)

Instructions:

1. Wash your ginger root, and keeping the peel on, grate it.

2. Add sugar and water. You can use regular brown sugar, or unrefined cane sugars like sucanat or rapadura. Honey probably will not work for this as it’s an anti-microbial. Even if you avoid sugar for health reasons, you don't have to worry so much here as the sugar gets eaten up by the probiotics.

3. Put in a glass jar, cover with a cloth, and rubber band it on. This keeps out dust, but allows air to come in. You should keep it in a dark place.

4. Every day, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, and mix it well. This is how you're "feeding" the ginger bug. If you're in a very warm climate, do this twice a day, as the probiotics grow much faster in warmer climates.           

5. After three to four days, your mixture will start bubbling a lot and smell fresh like an Orangina soda from san Pelligrino. It should be bubbling even before you feed it, not immediately after. When this happens, your ginger bug is ready.

 

Part II

 The next step is to press the Mulberries into juice, then you mix a quarter of the juice amount with Ginger Bug mixture. Ferment it for 3 more days and then refrigerate when you see the bubbles on the top.

 You will end up with a refreshing fizzy drink that is both delicious and healthy.

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