HEALTHY CHOICE: Making kombucha can be an arduous task but it pays off at tea-time.
HEALTHY CHOICE: Making kombucha can be an arduous task but it pays off at tea-time. Contributed

A kombucha tea party

CREATING kombucha is an art that University of the Sunshine Coast psychology student Laura Dickson has spent years mastering.

The hot tea brew is available at her Fishermans Rd Markets stall Greenthumb Kitchen, where she merges her passions for health and sustainability.

Greenthumb offers a range of organic snacks and teas but the stall's star is the homemade, organic kombucha drink.

Kombucha's proponents believe it has health benefits ranging from helping boost liver, gall bladder and digestive health to clearer skin.

 

Proponents say kombucha has many health benefits.
Proponents say kombucha has many health benefits. Contributed

"Kombucha is like a needy boyfriend: you love him but he drives you insane all the same," Laura said of creating the brew.

"I started brewing in 2016 and absolutely loved that I could create the epitome of 'health in a bottle' while watching it grow before my eyes."

Laura said the key to perfecting kombucha was a healthy SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) and a sterile environment.

"To put the process simply, you brew sweet tea and add it to your brewing jar with the SCOBY and some starter liquid," Laura said.

"In a dark, undisturbed place, the SCOBY eats the sugar and tea, turning it into antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and probiotics."

Laura grew up on the Sunshine Coast in a large family of nine children and is now a personal carer by morning, student by day and entrepreneur by night.

"I began Greenthumb Kitchen as a summer project when I had a lot of free time," Laura said.

"I'm always creating whatever I can, whenever I can, so this stall was a huge creative outlet for me."

Laura plans on creating a range of sustainable products to sell at her stall that include reusable shopping bags and food wrapping.

"Greenthumb thrives to encourage mindful business while causing the least amount of harm to all aspects of our ecosystems - animals, humans and the Earth," she said.

The Lions Club of Mooloolaba has managed Fishermans Rd Markets for the past 19 years.

The market has nearly 130 unique stalls every Sunday between 6am and noon.

"I love Fishermans because it gives local business-makers and dreamers a place to either start their entrepreneurial adventures or branch out on their already established ones," Laura said.

"The community there are so uplifting, and everyone sticks together. Greenthumb is also at a pop-up restaurant called The Wholefood Kitchen every Friday evening in Marcoola and I'm currently working on taking my products to more cafes and markets across the Coast."



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