7 facts we found out about the incredible Rooibos ‘tea’

Learn a little more about what Rooibos is, where is comes from and what it does. Rooibos tea is grown in the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, South Africa, along the Rooibos Route that extends from Citrusdal to Clanwilliam. Meaning ‘red bush’ in Afrikaans, Rooibos has secured its rightful place as a prominent player on the international tea table. As the rest of the world discovered the benefits of this unique tea, there were bold moves from abroad to trademark the name. South Africans have united in the good news that Rooibos now holds geographic-indicator status, similarly enjoyed by champagne, Colombian coffee and Darjeeling tea. In partnership with the European Union, manufacturers of this liquid gold in South Africa boast ownership of the name. Honeybush tea (and Karoo lamb) benefit from the same trademark protection. A visit to the Rooibos factory and shop in Clanwilliam is an eye-opening affair, where one discovers that 50 per cent of the Rooibos is used locally, and the rest for the international market. 7 facts we found out about this incredible ‘tea’: Rooibos is not a true tea, but in fact a herb. A brew is made from the dried leaves of the … Continue reading 7 facts we found out about the incredible Rooibos ‘tea’