Rooibos Tea is a type of Herbal Tea grown, harvested and produced exclusively in the Cederberg region of South Africa, located on the western cape. It is one of the most popular herbal infusions currently available on the market owing mainly to its unique taste and health benefits.
Known botanically as Aspalathus linearis, a member of the Fabaceae (Legume) family, Rooibos is easily recognised by its thin, needle-like leaves. These leaves are the component harvested for the making of this Tea, a practice that has taken place for hundreds of years.
According to historical records, the first people to consume Rooibos Tea were the Khoisan, an indigenous population of South Africa. During the colonial period, Rooibos Tea became a more widespread beverage, eventually being introduced to Europe.
In the 1960’s, a South African mother named Annique Theron recognised the health-beneficial potential of Rooibos Tea, publishing a book entitled “Allergies: An Amazing Discovery”. In particular, she discovered that the frequent consumption of Rooibos Tea could temporarily alleviate allergies and even offer colic relief to infants. Her book was a stepping stone, and today, modern science has proven much of her findings.
Further studies have established that Rooibos Tea can lower blood pressure, boost the metabolism, improve skin health and reduce the risks of type-2 diabetes. And like many Herbal Teas, Rooibos Tea is also entirely caffeine free, as well as being exceptionally low in tannins.
However, most people choose Rooibos Tea for its taste. A fully-fermented “Red” Rooibos Tea consists of notes of nuts, honey and caramel combined with strong herbaceous overtones. A minimally-fermented “Green” Rooibos, meanwhile, offers mellowness with slightly sweet undertones.
It is also worth noting that Rooibos Tea is a notably versatile beverage. It can accommodate a variety of flavours as our vast selection will undoubtedly boast. Rooibos Tea blends range from the simple to the extravagant. Which one is for you? Find out today.