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HOW TO PREPARE
85 to 90°C
We recommend a water temperature in between 85 to 90°C (185-194°F)
5 to 6 min
It is the standard time for this infusion, but you can adapt it according to your taste
When to drink ?
Hot or cold all day long
To learn more...
History of rooibos
Do you really know rooibos? It is also called "red tea" wrongly and you will quickly understand why!
The Aspalathus linearis, also called Rooibos, is a small shrub that grows exclusively in the Cederberg Reserve in South Africa. It measures about one meter. The eponymous drink comes from the infusion of the leaves of the shrub, fine needle-shaped leaves. This tea is the national drink of South Africa where it was traditionally consumed for its medicinal virtues. "Rooibos" means "red bush" in Afrikaans and this is not a coincidence: indeed the leaves of the rooibos become red when fermented.
In France, rooibos is called "red tea" but this is a deception! Indeed, it is not made of tea leaves.
Real" tea contains theine from the Camellia sinensis plant. This includes black teas, green teas, yellow teas, white teas, Oolong and Pu Erh. Officially Pu Erh tea is the only one that can be called "red tea".
And yes, rooibos does not contain any theine or caffeine, so you can drink it at any time of the day, especially in the evening!
Most often rooibos is known in its fermented form which gives a red or brown colored drink. But there is also green rooibos! To obtain green rooibos, the leaves are picked and then simply dried in the sun before being cut and finally packaged. Thus, they are not fermented. This results in a drink with a color rather similar to green tea. The green rooibos infusion reveals a fresher flavour and a less "sweet" sensation than the fermented rooibos.
Virtues of rooibos
Rooibos is a drink with multiple benefits, even more so when it is a green rooibos!
As it does not ferment, the green rooibos leaves keep all their nutritional value!
Its high concentration in polyphenol allows to fight effectively against the ageing of the cells and the cholesterol. Very rich in minerals, green rooibos improves the health of bones, hair and skin. It also has a high flavonoid content, rooibos can calm gastrointestinal pain and promote digestion. It is therefore perfect to be enjoyed after heavy meals and improve your digestive comfort! In South Africa, women traditionally use it warm to soothe their babies' colic.
It also helps to relieve skin irritations and allergies such as eczema thanks to its high zinc content.
And that's not all, very rich in fluorine it also promotes dental health! Fluorine fixes itself on the teeth, reinforcing them to fight against aggressions and bacteria. And second positive point, rooibos does not contain theine unlike tea so it does not stain your teeth!
Finally, rooibos contains a significant nutritional wealth: potassium, calcium, magnesium but also trace elements like manganese and copper! Rooibos also promotes the assimilation of iron, so it is particularly recommended for pregnant women and people suffering from anemia. Moreover it is recommended to consume it during the winter period, it will help you to stay in good shape and fight against fatigue.
Rooibos does not contain any theine or caffeine, so you can consume it at any time of the day, its soothing properties can also facilitate sleep.
How to prepare Green Rooibos
How to prepare this green rooibos so that it releases all the splendor of its flavors? It is simple:
We advise you to let it infuse for 5 to 6 minutes in simmering water between 85 and 90°C.
But we can never repeat it enough: the secret of a good infusion is to enjoy it first! You can shorten this time if you prefer a lighter taste, or lengthen it for a more intense result. Rooibos is also low in tannins, so there is no risk of it developing a certain bitterness if you let it brew too long!
Rooibos also differs from tea by its flavour which is a little more herbaceous, vegetal. Their flavour is sweet and very appreciated.
If you want to discover our complete range, go to our rooibos page.
Green rooibos is also perfect for creating your own blends: you can for example add fruit zests!
If you want to know more about the famous "red tea" we invite you to read this article.
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Anonymous A. published the 16/06/2020 following an order made on 20/04/2020