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A traditional beverage made from an indigenous South African shrub, Rooibos tea has become a beloved drink all around the world.
A traditional beverage made from an indigenous South African shrub, Rooibos tea has become a beloved drink all around the world. Only 300 years old, Rooibos, which means “red bush”, is a youngster in the tea family.
While other teas can take a while to get used to, Rooibos tea has a sweet, mild flavour profile with notes of honey and vanilla — making it one of the most palate-pleasing types of tea. Enjoy the smooth-flavoured, naturally sweet taste of Rooibos tea in the same way as black tea – with or without milk or sugar.
Your daily dose of antioxidants
Being rich in antioxidants, such as quercetin and aspalathin, Rooibos tea provides your body with protective plant compounds that stop free radicals from damaging your cells which can lead to conditions like diabetes, heart disease and potentially cancer.
In addition to disease-fighting antioxidants, Rooibos tea contains calcium and manganese for strong teeth and bones, zinc for a healthy metabolism and immune system, and iron that is essential for providing oxygen to all your cells. Unlike black tea, Rooibos tea is low in tannins which means it actively helps the body absorb iron — making it a healthy and delicious option.
Tea or tisane?
Although referred to as a tea, Rooibos is actually what is known as a tisane. Created from a water-based infusion of herbs, spices, flowers, leaves, tisanes differ from teas which come from the Camellia sinensis plant. In addition to this main difference, tisanes, like Rooibos, are caffeine-free — providing drinkers with a tasty alternative to other warm caffeinated beverages.
Where to buy Rooibos tea
If you are looking to try the traditional African drink yourself, order Rooibos tea online or visit our brew bar in the centre of the bustling South Melbourne Market in Australia.