What is rooibos tea?Rooibos is a South African tea made from red bush or Aspalathus linearis. This plant is grown native to South Africa and used for making either green – unfermented, or red – fermented rooibos teas. Rooibos became popular because of its delicate flavor and numerous health benefits, often compared to those of real tea. However, their chemical composition is very different. Rooibos is completely caffeine free, and suitable for drinking at any time of the day or night.
What are the benefits of rooibos tea?Rooibos contains a high level of antioxidants able to fight free radicals that cause damage to cells. Research showed that drinking rooibos tea may have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress, managing type 2 diabetes and blood sugar, lowering blood pressure and anti inflammatory properties. Rooibos has very little or zero side effects, and it’s considered very safe.
The flavor or rooibos teaAlthough rooibos brews into a cup of intense red tea, the flavor is very different from black teas. Unlike real tea, rooibos has two main flavors, with only subtle flavor notes. The most common red rooibos has a light, earthy, recognizable taste with natural sweetness, that is either liked or disliked by tea drinkers. However, it’s strong enough to hold many other added ingredients like chocolate, spices, flower, dried fruits and other herbs. Blending them with rooibos gives a tasty, full-bodied drink that you can use for both hot and cold brewing and making lattes. On the other hand, green rooibos is much more delicate, light, somewhat similar to the taste of light, vegetal green tea, with a light earthy sweet note.
10 best flavor blends
Campfire Herbal rooibos blend
Green Berry Delight - green rooibos tea blend
5. Blood OrangeOne of the most beloved blends, Blood Orange has zero bitterness, unlike some orange blend. Sweet and tangy, this tea brings back the memory of summer warmth and candies. Perfect for making an iced tea too.
Blood Orange rooibos blend, Kimberly Herbal is our go-to tea during cooler months.
10. Rusty RootsHave you ever tried a green rooibos chai? Rusty Roots combines green rooibos, warming spices and a touch of lemon myrtle. Which flavor can you expect? Light chai with a green heart.
Rusty Roots - green rooibos tea blend
Rooibos brewing tipsTo make a tasty cup of rooibos tea you don’t need any special equipment except a teapot and a strainer. Strainer is very important when brewing rooibos because of its small particles. Teapots with ceramic strainers will not be able to prevent particles from ending up in your cup. Measure one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup and steep in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Rooibos can usually be steeped only once, so leaving it for at least 10 minutes will give a better flavor. Brew green rooibos in the same way. It’s not a green tea, so brewing with boiling water won’t cause any bitterness. Read how to make rooibos tea in 6 ways
Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is not to diagnose or treat any diseases, or to replace an opinion of a professional doctor. Never self-treat any diseases, or drink large quantities of tea, real or herbal, if you are suffering from serious diseases, are pregnant or breastfeeding. As every person is different, it’s impossible to make a general statement about the benefits or side-effects.