The term 'Rooibos' is Afrikaans for 'Red Bush', a South African shrub; only grown in the Cedarburg mountain region of South Africa. Commonly referred to as 'bush tea' or 'red tea' although Rooibos Tea, it is commonly mistaken as a 'tea' is it actually a herb as it is produced from Aspalathus Linearis and not the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is oxidized the same process as black tea which gives it the beautiful deep colour leaf and rich flavour, with half of the tannins in black tea. It is also available in a green variety which hasn't been oxidized and is processed in a similar way to green tea which has a nutty, malty taste.
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free and full of antioxidants, aspalthin and many plenolic compounds such as flavanols, flavones and dihydrochalcones. With no known side effects and full of minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium which makes rooibos tea good to enjoy with an upset stomach and good for re-hydration, also studies have shown it can help with the likes of headaches, nervous tension and insomnia.
How to Brew Rooibos Tea
Roobios is best using a spoon teaspoon of tea per person and one for the pot, brewed for 7-10 minutes with boiling water.
Rooibos Teas we Recommend
Maybe a nice sweet Rooibos tea for after your dinner like Honeybush Chocolate Cake Tea or maybe our Rooibos 50 Tea Bags or maybe a fruity Rooibos Tea like Orange and Eucalyptus Rooibos Tea
You can read more about this tea on our blog where we have recently put together an article on Rooibos Tea