Welcome to the world of botanical drinks and edible landscapes!
This is where we are going to open-source all of our knowledge around food-forestry, fermentation, brewing and gardening.
We are currently growing a Drink Forest @ Field House in Brighton. Drink Forests are edible plant landscapes, recreational green spaces and low maintenance productive wildlife gardens. In Drink Forests you can see, smell, hear, touch and taste all the flavours of the seasons. We are on a mission to plant Food and Drink Forests far and wide and this starts with knowledge-sharing to grow a community that can make this idea a reality.
Let's start with Kombucha!
If you're on this page you may have a bottle in your hand. Kombucha is an incredible drink that can be infused with all kinds of plant ingredients. The nutrients in these plants, through fermentation, then become more bio-available for the body. It's an easy, fun drink to brew at home and in doing so you can save yourself money! Here's our recipe:
Old Tree Kombucha
2 litres filtered or spring water
160g raw cane sugar
8 teaspoons or 6 teabags of green tea
1 x SCOBY large enough to ferment 2 litres (you can purchase a SCOBY from us - just email)
200 ml of ready Kombucha
2 litre glass jar
Muslin or tea towel
Wrap tea in muslin and tie with string
Boil 1 litre of filtered or spring water and add to 2 litre glass jar
Add tea and sugar to jar and stir, then leave to infuse for 20 minutes
After 20 minutes add remaining litre of water to glass jar
Add the SCOBY as well as the 200 ml of ready Kombucha
The jar can now be placed somewhere warm to ferment. This needs to be between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, ideally between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius. A Kombucha will take anywhere between 7 to 14 days approximately. When to stop the fermentation (by decanting the liquid and bottling) is to some extent down to personal taste. Generally it is ready when most of the sweetness is gone and there is a slight but pleasant sourness. The longer it is left to ferment the more sour it will become.
There is an inexhaustible variety of plant ingredients, from fruit juices to herbs and flowers that lend incredible flavours and further nutritional benefits to Kombucha! We have experimented with only a few so far but we are having fun developing more. Watch this space!
Dandelion & Burdock Kombucha
Recipe coming soon!
Forage and ferment with us
Let's not beat around the bush. We are living through a mass extinction as a result of our impact on the web of life we depend on. We need to completely change how we meet our needs to survive the next century. One of the best ways of doing this is to grow and produce more of what we all need together. We have discovered a way of doing this through combining botanical drink production with forest gardening. The purpose of Old Tree is to share this knowledge and build a culture around foraging and fermentation that can help to transform our agricultural practices into a force that heals the earth and makes people healthier and happier.