Rooibos tea, also called Red Bush tea, is made from the needle-shaped leaves of a local plant from South Africa called Aspalathus linearis. It was accidently discovered in the Cedarberg Mountains (north of Cape Town) when local farmers cut down wild plant and left it in the sun to dry. By adding some boiling water to those dried loose tea leaves, rooibos was born.
In 1904 Benjamin Ginsberg, Russian immigrant from a family working in the tea industry, began to sell Rooibos tea on a larger scale calling it “Mountain tea.” In 1930 Dr. P. Le Fras Nortier discovered the amazing health properties of that product what has started its popularity and mass production.
Red bush is not related to the tea bush. Yellow-flowered branches are harvested from summer to early autumn. After picking very thin leaves are crushed, sprayed with water, fermented and dried in the sun. Plant its name – “Red Bush” – owes its brownish-red colour which is achieved during ripening. Places where it is grown are natural places of its vegetation so there is no need for using fertilizers or high maintenance.
Rooibos tea gets its supporters thanks to the refreshing taste and valuable health properties. Particular advantage of this drink is lack of caffeine and tannin, a harmful substance limiting nutrient absorption and washing out vitamin B1, so everyone can drink it, even children. For the same reason it can be consumed in unlimited quantities and at any time of day. Rooibos tea contains no preservatives and dyes so has the perfect, natural flavour, slightly similar to honey. It is sweet, mild and aromatic, without any bitterness. Best way to enjoy it is by using loose tea rather than tea bags.
By the experts it is defined as a combination of the best quality black teas, fruits and herbs. Rooibos tea has many vitamins, minerals (including iron, calcium, zinc, potassium and magnesium) and antioxidants, which prevent health problems. Its benefits include: slowing down the aging process, preventing stomach cramps, supporting digestion and providing necessary compounds for pregnant women. It has also been proven that it increases natural immunity, inhibits production of cancer cells and reduces blood pressure.
Rooibos tea is not just a drink. It can also be used in baking as a replacement to all the fluid ingredients because of its colour and unique flavour. It can also serve as a broth for soups, stews and sauces and loose tea leaves are even used as a baking ingredient.
Thanks to all the amazing properties and excellent taste the demand for Rooibos tea is constantly growing in all parts of the world. Besides South Africa Rooibos tea has gained immense popularity in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, the United States of America, the Pacific and the Far East.
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