Tea Facts You Won’t Believe: Rooibos Tea

Red tea, or Rooibos, as it is traditionally called, is an herbal tea originating from the Cedarburg region of South Africa. Rooibos tea is known to tout medicinal and health benefits ranging from helping with insomnia to your liver. This tea supplies many beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, which could explain why it has gained popularity in countries outside of Africa. It is caffeine free, adding to the range of teas suitable for those abstaining from caffeine.

Check out some more facts and information below on this wonder drink!

  • Rooibos plants rely on the rainy winter seasons for growth and bloom little yellow flowers in the autumn that hold a single seed which can be picked.
  • Rooibos tea is low in tannins and high in antioxidants.
  • Can be enjoyed iced or hot and can me made into popular drinks like lattes, punch, and even cocktails.
  • Not an actual tea but more like an herb. It’s brewed as a tea once harvested and dried, giving off a red-brown color.
  • One of the many health benefits of Rooibos tea is that it helps treat seasonal allergies like hay fever. With the changing seasons and weather, it’s the perfect drink for watching leaves fall while helping your allergies.
  • In the late 18th century, a Swedish botanist named Carl Thunberg first made note of Rooibos tea when he noticed locals making and drinking the tea.
  • Rooibos can be sweetened with sugar but some of the most popular ways of sweetening it are lemon or honey.
  • Longer steeping times call for better tea. When making this tea, allow it to steep for at least five minutes so it can brew properly.

Happy brewing!

 

-CD

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