Rooibos, (pronounced / “roy-bos”). Rooibos, or Aspalathus linearis, is a broom-like member of the plant family Fabaceae that grows in South Africa’s fynbos biome. The leaves are used to make a herbal tea that is called rooibos, bush tea, red tea, or redbush tea
In South Africa, it is more common to drink rooibos with milk and sugar, but elsewhere it is usually served without. The flavor of rooibos tea is often described as sweet (without sugar added) and slightly nutty. Rooibos can be prepared in the same manner as black tea.
Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, flavonols, and dihydrochalcones.
Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies, and digestive problems.
Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma, and dermatological problems.
May you continue to enjoy the simple pleasures of tea!