Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasian Mountains near Turkey, where it was used for centuries as a healthy drink. Kefir is a probiotic – a source of beneficial bacteria and yeasts which help maintain a healthy digestive system. These include Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Leuconostoc, and Saccharomyces kefir.
It is best to introduce homemade kefir after homemade yogurt, when healing of the gut wall has taken place.
Kefir starters are available from your local health food store, although it is best to ring and check they have some in stock first. They are sold as ‘grains’, even though they are not a grain. Alternatively, in Australia you can order direct:
- Kefir Magic
- Kefir Turkish Yoghurt by Nature’s Goodness
- Kefir refresher packs by Kefir Culture Natural (also have a Starter pack that contains a dedicated kefir maker, refresher pack and book).
If you are overseas look for:
If you don’t want to make your own kefir, you may like to try Babushkas Kefir which comes in plain, strawberry and honey.