Nourish Kefir is made from kefir grains. These grains are actually complex micro-organisms, they are a perfect symbiosis (or harmonious balance) of bacteria, yeasts and enzymes. The complexity and composition of these living organisms varies from one type of kefir grain to another, however, it is the harmony of these micro-organisms that gives kefir its unique status and qualities.
You can only get kefir grains from kefir grains (they are naturally occurring and cannot be man made). They grow and multiply in milk and small pieces break off the big cluster, which also start growing - and so it goes on...
There can be as many as forty different strains of bacteria and twenty strains of yeasts living in the kefir cluster. Compared with normal yoghurt, which is made with two strains of bacteria, knowing that kefir has many more makes it a very special kind of yoghurt drink!
The picture shows some kefir grains. They look like little pieces of cauliflower and feel like sponge to touch!
We propagate our own kefir grains to make Nourish Kefir. They like lots of fresh milk and a bit of love and attention. There are no grains left in the bottle though - we need them to make the next batch.
Please note: kefir grains are not actual grains like wheat, oats and barley, nor do they contain any gluten, It is simply the correct term for these amazing living cultures!