Sometimes called red tea, rooibos is a bush that grows in a small area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. The leaves, similar to a pine tree's, are picked and allowed to oxidize. Oxidizing changes the color of the leaves from green to reddish-brown. It naturally contains no caffeine.
Rooibos contains calcium, potassium, iron, fluoride, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid. It has no calories, is slightly sweet and tastes like honey and roses. It is low in tannins and therefore has no bitterness. It contains no oxalic acid which can build up in the body and cause kidney stones. It does contain chrysoeriol which has been found to improve blood circulation. The
South African Cancer Association has declared rooibos to contain anti-cancer compounds. It is used as an alternative calcium source to children who are intolerant to dairy.
Green rooibos is processed much like green tea but the process is much more demanding. It has a slightly grassy and malty flavor.
Our selection of rooibos blends contains natural flavorings only, absolutely no artificial flavorings.