Sweet, nutty, woodsy, mellow…
rooibos is much like a good black tea, but without any caffeine or bitterness. It is a natural choice for blends, and it tastes fantastic when blended with all sorts of sweet ingredients, including citrus fruit, berries, vanilla, chocolate, apple, warming spices and caramel.
Fun Facts of Rooibos Herbal Tea
Over a century ago, the Khoisan Tribe of South Africa used their hunter-gatherer skills to harvest the leaves of a small shrub with soft, needle-shaped leaves known as rooibos (pronounced roy-boss). Rooibos, an Aspalathus linearis plant is a member of the legume family. It is commonly referred to as red bush or Red tea, and grows in the remote mountains of Cedarberg, northwest of Cape Town. The Khoisan people chopped rooibos with axes, bruised them with hammers and then left them to dry in the sun. In the early 1900s, Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian settler from a famous tea family started trading with the Khoisan Tribe. Ginsberg began to export rooibos herbal tea with the help of a local, who noticed an ant carrying a rooibos seed. The local followed the ant back to its colony where rooibos were stored in abundance.
Today, a similar process is used to produce both green and red rooibos tea, although it is more advanced. After the rooibos leaves are gathered, they are cut and fed through rollers for bruising. The bruising method promotes oxidation, which changes the color of the leaves from green to reddish-brown, enhancing the flavor. Afterwords the leaves are spread out over large drying yards to dry in the sun. Although green rooibos does not go through the oxidation process, it still retains its flavor.
Rooibos herbal tea has become very popular because it is naturally decaffeinated. Research confirms an endless list of rooibos health and medicinal benefits. Because red and green rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, it can be steeped for long periods of time without tasting bitter. In fact, rooibos increases in sweetness and flavor the longer it steeps. The nutty-flavored tea, has a distinctive, sweet aroma, and can be served hot with a wedge of lemon or cold with milk.
Rooibos' Health and Medicinal Benefits
Rooibos herbal tea is a delicious, satisfying drink with many advantages. It can be enjoyed in unlimited quantities and is safe for all ages. I am sure you will find one or two you'll enjoy with our vast selection.MORE