Rooibos is sometimes called red Tea because of its colour but this should not be confused
with Chinese red Tea. As explained in previous posts, red Tea in China is what the western countries call black Tea.Rooibos is a herbal tea from the red bush plant (Aspalathus linearis) , which grows exclusively in the north western cape of South Africa.
Despite being called red bush the leaves are green and only after being oxidized, drying in the sun, they turn to its distinctive red colour.
Traditionally in South Africa this is usually served with milk and sugar however due to its natural sweet and nutty flavour I believe this can be enjoyed on its own. Brewing Rooibos is very similar to brewing a cup of black Tea.
Rooibos does not contain caffein and it has a low level of tannin while still having a high number of antioxidants. It is widely known for its calming and soothing effects and often used to relieve baby’s colics, stomach cramps and even alergic skin. In 1997, rooibos was awarded a gold medal for its anti alergic properties by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). Annique Theron published her findings on the anti-allergic qualities of the Rooibos Plant in her book: “Allergies: an amazing discovery“. Hospitals in South Africa often use it in baths for children with skin allergic conditions and also give it as a drink.
Rooibos started as a small South Africa indigenous herb but nowadays is one of the most consumed and well-known herbal Tea in the world.
Happy Tea Break.