Rooibos, commonly referred to as African Bush Tea, is one of the 245 species of Aspalathus, grown on the Cadarberg Mountains' limestone slopes. A member of the legume family of plants, it is used to make herbal tea, enjoying great success in South Africa for centuries and consumed nowadays in many countries worldwide. African Bush Tea is grown exclusively in the region of Cedarberg Mountains, and around Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. The plant has adapted to hot summers and nutrient-poor and coarse soil.
Originated from the South African Red Bush, Rooibos is a unique herbal tea that differs greatly from anything else you've ever experienced. The taste of Rooibos is not similar to that of traditional Chinese and Indian teas. It has a smooth flavor without bitterness, and is pleasant chilled or hot. Rooibos doesn't contain caffeine and added colors, which makes it a healthy natural beverage. For generation healing properties of African Bush Tea have been used in facing such health problems as hypertension, nervous tension, headaches, irritability and insomnia.
The tea has also proven effective in promoting anti aging, for antioxidants in Rooibos destroy free radicals which attack and damage healthy cells. In addition, African Bush Tea is a wonderful vitamin source for iron, fluoride, zinc, magnesium, potassium and calcium. According to some customers, the tea is effective in preventing sinus infections and controlling allergies. Contained in Rooibos is Aspalathin, found usually in medicinal herbs which are used to treat circulatory disorders and skin disorders. The results of Japanese research show that Rooibos is rich in Oligosaccharides - the compounds that help the immune system fight viral infections. For those caring for their slim line, Rooibos is a delicious calorie-free gift.
Numerous health benefits of African Bush Tea contribute to its popularity across the world and make it an excellent addition to holiday meals and beverages. During hot summer month Rooibos makes a wonderful iced tea that tastes fresh when refrigerated. You can pour it over ice or serve it hot, add mint or lemon. When prepared, Rooibos can be store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. With its numerous positive attributes and features, this tea is a great alternative for health-conscious people.
Currently Africa produces over 25% of the world's African Bush Tea, native to South Africa's Cape Town region. It is available in the following variations: Strawberry Rooibos, Pineapple Rooibos, Raspberry Rooibos, Peach Rooibos, Passionfruit Rooibos, Mint Rooibos, Orange Rooibos, Lemon Rooibos, Coffee Rooibos, Chocolate Rooibos, Coconut Rooibos, Cherry Rooibos, Caramel Rooibos, Blackberry Rooibos, Blueberry Rooibos, Apricot Rooibos, Banana Rooibos, Almond Rooibos, Amaretto Rooibos, Vanilla Rooibos and Tangerine Rooibos.
Resembling in appearance Rooibos, Honey Bush flowers have distinct honey scent and a slightly sweeter flavor. For producing the sweetest flavor, Honey Bush plant is generally harvested during flowering season. Like Rooibos, Honey Bush tea can be served cold and hot.