African Rooibos Tea

African Rooibos Tea is made from the red push plant, which is indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape of South Africa, the only place that it is grown in the world. This small leguminous shrub has needle-like leaves and fine stems with tiny yellow flowers. Red bush plants thrive in the winter rainfall areas and sandy soil of the slopes of Cederberg mountain range.

Caffeine-free green rooibos originates from the same plant as the red-brown variant but is similar to green tea as it has not been fermented. Green Rooibos (Aspalathus linearies), unlike standard red rooibos tea, is made by stopping the natural fermentation and oxidization process just after it is cut. The rooibos is collected from the mountain sides in small batches and taken directly to the drying facilities to stop the rapid natural fermentation. Instead of being allowed to ferment for long periods of time, which is historically employed for red rooibos, the green is withered immediately, steamed to prevent oxidation, and then rolled and dried. The resulting tea is more delicate, aromatic, and with a heartier herbal taste and lighter color.

Scientific and institutional findings suggest that green rooibos has a higher concentration of many of the nutrients found in regular rooibos tea, including flavonids, anti-oxidants, and minerals. Modern medical institutes and most notably Japan, have taken quick notice of the health benefits of consuming this beverage, and have published their findings on green rooibos which include the anti-viral. anti-spasmodic and anti-allergic properties found.
Green rooibos is caffeine-free. rich in naturally occurring trace elements, and contains healthy amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, furide, maganese, zinc, calcium, and vitamin c. It also contains fair amounts of alpha-hydroxy acid, which is known to promote healthy skin. This truly amazing plant is just starting to make its way into western culture from its mountain peek home of south Africa.

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