Rooibos Tea (Red Bush Tea)
Also known as red tea and bush tea, this particular tisane only took the Western world by storm in the past ten years. Naturally caffeine free, dense in antioxidants, packed with anti-fungal properties, and an inhibitor in the body’s intake of lipids it has become quite the wonder food. The flavor is fruity and spicy with gentle suggestions of Red Delicious apples, sour oranges and cinnamon.
Rooibos doesn’t come from a tea plant, but from the rooibos plant, a broom-like legume found in South Africa’s shrubland. Brewed with hot water this tisane has been consumed for thousands of years in South Africa and it’s neighboring countries, and was an important item of trade throughout the continent.
Today, the Rooibos red bush tea is often enjoyed much the safe way black tea or coffee is, with cream and sugar. However, rooibos is finding a modern preparation via the red espresso. Rooibos is ground to a fine powder and processed as espresso powder would be. The result is a much richer, more intense, dark red brew. In addition, many people enjoy brewing these rooibos tea leaves in milk as opposed to water and sweetening it with vanilla and simple syrup.
|Product Style||Loose Leaf|
|Botanical Name||Aspalathus linearis|
|Shelf Life||3 years|
|Basic Preparation||Non-caffeinated; 3 grams of tea per six ounces of water yields approximately 150 cups per lb. of tea.|
|Recommended Applications||Start with cold, fresh water. Preheat tea pot, use approximately 3 grams of tea leaves for 6 oz of water. For tea, steep 4 minutes. For Herbal Teas/Tisanes brew as black teas, with water to rolling boil. Pour over tea or herbal, do not boil botanicals when making tea.|
|Handling / Storage||To be stored in a cool, dry area out of direct light.|
|Country of Origin||South Africa|
|Dietary Preferences||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|