Red Rooibos | Green Rooibos | Red Espresso

All three herbal teas are created from a leguminous flowering shrub, Aspalathus linearis, grown exclusively in a small mountainous area, the Cederberg region, of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

These beverages have become increasingly popular and research conducted in South Africa and Japan have confirmed numerous health benefits from these herbal teas. They are noted to have no additives, artificial coloring, caffeine, oxalic acid, preservatives, are low in tannins, rich in anti-oxidants, and contain many compounds and properties that promote healing and health.

PROCESSING METHODS | TASTE

The farming of Rooibos has always been very close to nature and remains so today.

RED ROOIBOS ~ the green leaves and stems of the shrub, Aspalathus linearis, are picked, placed on dry-beds, bruised and exposed to oxygen to ferment. The fermentation process oxidizes the leaves and during this fermentation process a lot of valuable nutrients are lost lessens the tea’s nutritional benefits, however it still provides a large number of nutrients. The process also contributes to its rich amber color, smooth taste and natural sweetness that can be enjoyed without sugar.

GREEN ROOIBOS ~ Made unfermented by stopping the natural fermentation and oxidization process of the tea just after the leaves and stems are picked. It is withered immediately, steamed to prevent oxidation, and then rolled and dried. This method keeps antioxidants as intact as possible, offering a higher level of antioxidant power. Green rooibos has a mild taste with a delicate grassy aroma reminiscent of green tea, like Japanese Sencha but without the astringency.

RED ESPRESSO ~ is specially refined red rooibos tea for use in an espresso machine. It is suitable as an espresso style beverage having a stronger taste and richer color.

GROWING IT

It would be wonderful to grow this amazing plant right in our own backyard, however, numerous attempts were made to grow African Rooibos outside its natural habitat – so far – none were successful.Learn more botanical information about Aspalathus linearis “rooibos” – visit Plantzafrica.

HONEYBUSH

Honeybush tea is made from the leaves, stems and flowers of the Cyclopia species, a yellow flowering shrub native to South Africa. It is similar in appearance and taste to Rooibos.

PROCESSING METHOD | TASTEFlowers are harvested during the flowers season when they emit the distinct “honey” scent. There are two distinct methods used for fermentation, in a curing heap or at elevated temperatures in a preheated “baking-oven”.

Honeybush is naturally caffeine free, has a sweet mild honey flavor and has that attractive red hue. It has health benefit similar to Rooibos and has been used to fight lung and respiratory disorders. This sweet honey like infusion can be enjoyed hot, cold, day or night.

Learn more botanical information about Cyclopia genistoides “Honeybush” – visit Plantzafrica.

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