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Country of Origin: South Africa
Grade: Super Fine Organic
Altitude: 450m – 750m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Cup Characteristics: This tea has a nutty flavour and sweet notes.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used)
Ingredients: Rooibos leaf
Description: The story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in South Africa’s beautiful Cederberg region. It was the locals of the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild “Aspalathus Linearis” plant made a tasty aromatic tea. Rooibos is Afrikaans means red bush.
It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine.Those that consume Rooibos have claimed that it has a soothing effect on headaches, nervous tension, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive problems. It also relieves stomach cramps.
Rooibos seeds are planted in February and March and tended for 18 months after which they are harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma.
200 ml (about 7 ounces) of brewed Rooibos contains the following nutrients: Nutrient function in the Body per 200 ml
Iron (Fe) Essential for transport of oxygen in the blood 0.07 mg;
Potassium (K) Assists certain metabolic functions 7.12 mg;
Calcium (Ca) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 1.09 mg;
Copper (Cu) Assists certain metabolic processes 0.07 mg;
Zinc (Zn) Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin 0.04 mg;
Magnesium (Mg) Assists a healthy nervous system and other metabolic processes 1.57 mg;
Fluoride (F) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 0.22 mg;
Manganese (Mn) Assists metabolic processes and bone growth and development 0.04 mg;
Sodium (Na) Necessary for fluid and acid-base balance 6.16 mg;
The leaves can be ground and brewed as a tea or they can be made into an aromatic for the alleviation of symptoms of bronchitis, asthma and allergies.
The plant closely resembles a broom and is a member of the legume family. the leaves are oxidized, producing a red colour, which gives it a somewhat nutty flavour. When green, the leave are not oxidized and have a grassy, malty type flavour. It is common to see Rooibos consumed as tea. Without milk and sugar, the tea is sweet enough.
Rooibos contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium an vitamin C. It also contains fluoride, which in combination with calcium and manganese, help build strong bones and teeth. Rooibos contains polyphenols which is known to be anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. All of those things means cancer fighting properties as well as immune system strengtheners. indeed there is some evidence that Rooibos components quercetin and luteolin could prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. Its component rutin has been seen to help with the maintenance of blood vessels walls. Rooibos is caffeine free and low in tannins. A silky nutty flavoured tea. It stems from Sth Africa and is 100% Organic.
Hot tea brewing Method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of Rooibos for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing Method (to make 1 litre): Place 6 teaspoons of Rooibos into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 11/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the Rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the Rooibos into the serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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