Orange Fennel Kombucha or Tibicos

by lydia on November 2, 2013

Well, I am on a roll it seems of late with inspiration for unique fermented beverage flavors. A new goal of mine when creating flavors for kombucha or water kefir is to get some healing benefits in addition the brew. I recently started an online herb course called; ‘A Taste of Herbs’ taught by Rosalee de la Foret through Mountain Rose Herbs. One of the exercises for a lesson on Carminative herbs, had us make this awesome digestive blend with fennel, orange peel and candied ginger. Of course I made it immediately, as I had all the items on hand and loved it. It dawned on me that it would make a great flavor for kombucha or water kefir, so I tried it out and I was right!


Ginger is one of my favorite things to add to second ferments of kombucha or water kefir. It gives the end product a nice little zip and seems to go a long way towards developing that effervescence we all aspire to obtain. Ginger is also a wonderful digestive support, it helps with all sorts of digestive complaints. I personally keep candied ginger on hand just for that very reason. Though not all of my kids like it, so I have to try to sneak it into them in different ways if needed. I buy my candied ginger from Trader Joe’s as it is uncrystallized, which basically means it’s not coated in sugar.

Fennel has some awesome benefits too. It’s an anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic and helps to dispel gas and alleviate colic in infants. Fennel is an herb I absolutely adore, so I was thrilled to find another way to sneak it into our daily life. Orange peel is a fun addition to this mix as well as has health properties and happens to be where the most nutrition from an orange is housed.

Orange Fennel Kombucha or Tibicos


  • 3 Tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. candied ginger pieces, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried orange peel


  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a small jar.
  2. After your kombucha or water kefir has finished it's first ferment - prepare to do a second ferment.
  3. For this recipe you have two options as to how to do the second ferment.
  4. First, I recommend using a larger airtight vessel to brew it with the blend for 24 hours and then strain out the herbs and bottle it up in individual bottles.
  5. So, for example -when I brew a 3 liter batch of water kefir, I would strain out the grains and add in the mixture of fennel seeds, candied ginger and orange peel. Clamp down the lid and let it ferment in my cupboard for 24 more hours.
  6. After 24 hours, strain the water kefir again and bottle it up. (I usually get about 5 -16 ounce bottles)
  7. OR, you can add the blend directly to the jar and second ferment it that way. The down side to this method is that you may end up having the herbs in there for a while depending on how quickly you drink the brew. This may make the finished product too strong, or even a bit thick. I much prefer the first method. That way you are brewing the herbs like you would in a cold infusion. Use about 1 Tbsp. of the blend per bottle if you do it this way.


Are you new to brewing kombucha or water kefir? You can purchase water kefir grains, Kombucha scobies and kits from Kombucha Kamp. To learn how to brew water kefir, check out this post; Water Kefir: Anaerobic Method.


Also, check out my post on How To Second Ferment or Flavor Kombucha to learn how to flavor either kombucha or water kefir. This Fermented Beverages post includes loads of links to recipes for other awesome flavors of kombucha and water kefir, as well as beet kvass and hard cider.

I buy most of my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, though sometimes I pick them up in bulk through Amazon Prime from Frontier Herbs. Either way, both are excellent quality.



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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health From The Inside Out in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. Sign up for the Divine Health From The Inside Out newsletter! Pick up a copy of Lydia’s eBook; ‘Divine Dinners: Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals’. Lydia offers specialized step by step counseling to transform your health. Personalized consultations to suit your specific needs are offered via phone or in person. Lydia offers a variety of packages offered to suit your individual needs. Lydia also offers 3 online course: Heal Your Gut, Get Healthy To Lose Weight and A Calm Mind. Contact



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Chad Kendall February 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Hi. I am wondering how much you might up your orange fennel recipe if making 1 litre batches?


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