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I have been making kombucha for several months now. I use green or white tea, flavored with hisbiscus, peach tea or other fruity teas to the mix. Since the elderberries, and rosehips are coming in season, I wonder if adding some to my tea brew prior to straining it into the kombucha making jar would be possible and beneficial.

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Questions that ask for a list of possible answers should be created as Community Wiki. I've converted this for you. –  hobodave Sep 14 '10 at 6:18
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This post appears to be doing two things: (1) asking for delicious kombucha flavors/recipe swapping (you can fix that by deleting that line), and (2) keeping too broad a recipe base to really be able to allow any answers to be authoritative. For instance, how can I answer whether any of these additions are balanced if I don't know whether you are using white tea, green tea, or a mixture thereof? The problem with (2) is that it is too easy to give a quick, unauthoritative answer and then get discussion-y too the open-endedness of the question itself. –  mfg Sep 14 '10 at 19:19
    
Mamadalgas, there is a meta discussion about this if you were curious: meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/q/766/60 –  hobodave Sep 17 '10 at 17:10

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See the below, but basically, no raw or unripe elderberries. Also, if there is any chance of the rosehips being chewed, or cut open, remove the seeds (rose seeds are a traditional source of itching powder).

From http://elderberries.ning.com/forum/topics/elderberry-faq-what-they-are:

Can I eat the berries raw? Some say that as long as they’re ripe you can eat them uncooked in small quantities, but most sources maintain that berries need to be cooked to fully remove all the toxins. (In addition, elderberries are really quite bitter until they’ve been sweetened with sugar or honey.) Again, as the non-doctor giving advice, I’d err on the side of caution and make sure your elderberries are washed and cooked. On the plus side, I’m collecting quite a few elderberry recipes here, so there should be no shortage of ways to cook them.

From http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blrosehips.htm:

Anyone using rose hips for cooking should remove all the seeds. They are covered with sliver-hairs that, when ingested, irritate the digestive system and cause what the aboriginal people call "itchy bottom disease." Blockquote

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