Also known as the ‘red bush’ rooibos is a??? The home of the green as well as of the red rooibos is situated at the South African west coast close to the Cedar Mountains. Even the natives of this region used the rooibos shrub to make tea. The plant has been cultivated since 1930. The rooibos plant grows to a height of about 1.5 metres and is similar to a gorse shrub. Similar to black tea, rooibos has gone through the complete process of fermentation (oxidation of the leaf cells through contact with oxygen). In the process of this, it obtains its typical red-brown colour. It does not contain any caffeine or sugar, but it has traces of fluoride, iron, potassium, copper instead, as well as vitamin C and flavonoids. It has been used by pregnant African women for its healthful properties and is considered a great support to healthy dieting.
1 teaspoon per cup. Brew for 5-8 minutes in boiling water.
In the case of the green rooibos, the process of fermentation is avoided due to immediate drying the raw material. Rooibos is made from thin, chopped up twigs and the needle-type leaves.
1 teaspoon per cup. Brew for 3-5 minutes in boiling water.