Rooibos Tea - The Taste of South Africa
Rooibos tea is an herb which grows only in South Africa along the Cadeberg Mountains. The leaves of rooibos are harvested once a year and oxidised naturally under the sun which gives it a red colour and makes it the perfect herbal tea. The flavour of rooibos is smooth, sweet and mild with hints of nut, vanilla, caramel and fruit. Rooibos is enjoyed as a hot or cold beverage without milk, with or without sweeteners. Many South Africans enjoy Rooibos as a hot beverage with milk, sweetened with sugar or honey. Rooibos can be reheated without losing any flavour or becoming bitter.
Dry Leaf: Delicate needles of rooibos leaf
Aroma: Warm woody notes
Colour of Liquor: Bright golden
Flavour of the Tea: The liquor is smooth, gentle with a natural sweetness and slight nutty taste.
Compliments: Best enjoyed with white Cheese, chocolate and éclair
Brewing Instructions: Always use fresh water. Bring water to near boiling point. Take one teaspoon of tea leaves in a cup. Pour the heated water and steep the tea for 3-4 mins. Adjust the time of brewing as per desired strength. Leaves can be steeped multiple times till it gives flavour.
Tea Master Recommendation: Can be had with milk and sugar. You can add lemon and honey to taste. Always use fresh water. Do not use re-boiled water. The brewed leaves can be steeped multiple times with an increase in steeping time. Sip it when it cools down a little instead of boiling hot for enhanced flavour.
Health benefits of Rooibos tea
Rich source of antioxidants
Rooibos is a good source of antioxidants and is the only known source of a potent antioxidant aspalathin, which could play a role in combating several lifestyle diseases.
100% Natural Herb, caffeine free
Unlike black and green teas, Rooibos is naturally caffeine free (not decaffeinated) and therefore suitable for children, infants and breast-feeding mothers.
Loaded with health care properties
Rooibos has proven cancer-fighting properties in animal research studies, and exciting new research points towards the role that Rooibos can play in promoting heart health and preventing diabetes.
Low amount of Tannins
Rooibos contains low amounts of tannin (tannins are astringent, bitter-tasting plant polyphenols that bind and precipitate proteins and interfere with iron absorption in the body.)
No negative side effects
After centuries of use, no negative side effects of Rooibos have ever been recorded.