Learn to make kombucha tea at Pelham’s library

PELHAM – The Pelham Public Library is offering residents a free opportunity to learn how to make kombucha tea on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 6-7 p.m.

Dr. John D. Palmer of Homewood Friends and Family Chiropractic has been making kombucha tea, which originated in Asia, for years and will be sharing his knowledge with participants.

The beverage is made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast.

The fermented tea’s popularity has been growing in America over the past few years, although is has been receiving acclaim for its health benefits in Europe over course of the last century.

Advocates claim kombucha tea strengthens the immune system, may help prevent cancer and improve digestion and liver function, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, there’s no scientific evidence to support these health claims.

Library Supervisor David Smith said the tea can be expensive to purchase at a store, which is why the library decided to host a class about how to make it at home.

“This will be a one-time-only opportunity,” Smith said. “Participants will learn about the health benefits of kombucha tea and what ingredients are needed to make it, as well as how to make it.”

Smith said the class has a limited number of seats, so those interested in attending should call the library to reserve their seat.

“We have 40 seats available and about half of those are already reserved,” he said.

Smith said the library aims to host one free program per month for the public. In February, Smith said the library will host a program to teach residents how to make craft beer at home. Residents must be 21 years or older to participate.

Smith said he is planning to host a class about organic gardening in March. The library’s Facebook page has a calendar that lists all of its upcoming events.

“We generally have a really good response to our programs. We’ve done everything from meditation, yoga and Medicare seminars. We try to cover a wide spectrum of interests to appeal to everybody.”

To reserve a seat call the library at 620-6418.