ONLY GROWN IN SOUTH AFRICA
Rooibos is the Afrikaans name for the species Aspalathus linearis. It means ‘red bush’, and as such internationally it is often known as red tea. It is called this for the rust colour that the leaves become when drying – and this is same deep amber red colour that one finds in your cup. The plant is only grown commercially, and in the wild, in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa.
ROOIBOS IS GOOD FOR YOU
Rooibos is a very healthy choice. Its anti-oxidant properties, and lack of caffeine make it a drink to keep you going through the day without the negative effects of sugar or coffee.
Rooibos has been used as a traditional medicine for asthma, colic, eczema, headache, nausea and mild depression. Extensive research is currently conducted about Rooibos’ ability to prevent cancer, help with high blood pressure, assist with abdominal problems, diabetes and heart disease.
However, remember that it is a healthy drink, and not a medical cure. Ultimately, we recommend it as part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.
BREW IT RIGHT
Traditionally, South Africans like strong flavours, and so Rooibos is best preferred when it’s been on a rolling boil, in a stove top kettle. However, putting freshly boiled water in a cup is fine too – just give a bit more time. Ultimately, like everything in life, how you like it, is the best way to make it.
Rooibos’ tannins – the bitter tastes – are much more gentle than regular tea. This means that it is hard to overbrew a cup as one might with regular tea - if it’s too weak, just add more time. Too strong, and top up with water.
Green Rooibos is however different: consider preparing your cup just like traditional green tea with water with lower temperature (60-70 Celcius).
Rooibos has a wonderful naturally sweet flavour, but contains no sugar. It also has the advantage of being caffeine free, meaning that it can be enjoyed as often as you want, and at any time of the day without any negative health impacts.