Rooibos, translated from Africaans to mean "Red Bush', a.k.a. "Bush Tea' or "Red Tea' is a green shrub native to South Africa grown only in a small area in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape Province. It is naturally caffeine free, and has been consumed for hundreds of years by the natives of the Cape Town region. Rooibos Tea has a rich red color, with a naturally sweet and slightly nutty flavor, and offers many health benefits such its high antioxidant content. This South African tea is widely consumed in the same manner as black teas, with milk, sugar or lemon according to personal preference. It offers many health benefits including a high antioxidant content and is said to naturally boost energy.
|Serving Size: 2.5g /cup|
|Steeping Temp: 100°C|
|Steeping Time: 5 mins.|
|Origin: South Africa|
|Caffeine: Caffeine Free|
|Grade or Quality: Loose Leaf Naturally Caffeine Free Tea|
|Aroma: Sweet, nutty, slight citrus|
|Infusion Aroma: Light, slightly nutty|
|Infusion Color: Deep Amber|
|Infusion Strength: Medium|
Story, Folklore, History
History of Rooibos Tea: A virtually unknown herb until the mid 19th century, Rooibos was brewed for centuries as an herbal remedy by the Khoisans South African Bushmen. Knowledge of the properties of this herb almost vanished as environmental changes caused the Khoisan population to dwindle, although its use was reported by a botanist in the late 18th century, and eventually began to be traded at Mountain Tea in the early 20th century.