- About Rooibos
- Rooibos Preparation
Our organic Natural South African Rooibos is a powerhouse of antioxidants. As a matter of fact, it has 50 times the antioxidants of tea! Many people say it has an earthy quality that makes it taste a lot like tea.
Ingredients: Organic Natural Rooibos
Origin: South Africa
"Rooibos" is Afrikaans for "Red Bush," which is a plant in the legume family. The story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in South Africa's beautiful Cedarberg region. It was the locals of the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild "Aspalathus Linearis" plant made a tasty aromatic tea. It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine. Those that consume Rooibos have claimed that it has a soothing effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive problems. This traditional organic Rooibos is grown only in a small area, 100-kilometers, in South Africa. Great iced or hot our super grade Rooibos has a somewhat "earthy" tone which some people think tastes similar to black tea. Rooibos, unlike other herbs, does contain antioxidants—as a matter of fact, it has 50 times the antioxidants of black tea! These powerful antioxidants have been shown in numerous studies to fight viruses and slow aging. Clinical tests have shown that they destroy free radicals, limiting their damage to healthy cells. It is reported that four cups a day can lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 69%.Rooibos seeds are planted in February and March and tended for 18 months after which they are harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma.
Water Temperature: Boiling
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Rooibos is very forgiving! With very few exceptions you will need boiling water to bring out the full flavor of the ingredients. Steep for at least 5 minutes--the longer the better. There's really no such thing as too long, and there's no need to remove the herbs and fruit at all. But because of that, don't expect to get more than one infusion.