Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea 

Rooibos tea (roy-borss - Red Bush), unique to South Africa, is produced from the slender stemmed shrub, Asplanthus linaris, found growing wild in the Cedarberg and now cultivated around Clanwilliam in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

The young green bushes are cut back in summer and the branches are chopped into small pieces, bruised with wooden hammers, then dried.

Infused in boiling water, rooibos tea makes a refreshing beverage high in vitamin C and minerals, and is free of stimulants such as caffeine. It is also said to relieve allergies, particularly in babies.

Rooibos tea is made by steeping the leaves in boiling water or milk, and will not become astringent when reheated because of the reduced tannin.

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Rooibos Tea Facts courtesy of the South African Rooibos Council

Rooibos at Home Tips courtesy of the South African Rooibos Council

Rooibos Health Facts courtesy of the South African Rooibos Council

Category: South African Cuisine

Subcategory: Indigenous