We get asked many questions about our tea and so here we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions – if these don’t answer your query then please do get in touch with us.
Rooibos or redbush grows only in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Known locally as rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) it is made from the leaves of the plant, whose botanical name is Aspalathus linearis.
Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”), means literally red bush in Afrikaans. Although the bushes themselves are green, once fermented the leaves turn the rich dark red colour we associate with this delicious tea.
Rooibos has a refreshing taste, almost nutty but full-bodied and very delicious. It is unlike any other herbal tea, as it does not need a blend of other ingredients to achieve a full colour, taste or aroma. Our exclusive grade of rooibos is blended from the top 10% of the crop, making a milder, softer tasting tea.
Redbush tea has no known side effects; in fact, it can be quite a beneficial drink if you have an upset stomach as it contains nine trace minerals which are gentle on the stomach and good for re-hydration.
Redbush tea has less than half the tannin of regular black tea (Camellia sinensis). Tannin is a substance which gives a pigment responsible for a tea’s colour and flavour, but more commonly is known for giving a bitter aftertaste. In addition, tannins can prevent the absorption of certain irons and proteins, which may be of concern if you are pregnant, anaemic or on a restricted diet. The natural lack of tannin in redbush tea means that it will not leave you with the bitter aftertaste that you often get from black tea, so you may find that you need less or even no sugar to enjoy a cup of redbush. Try redbush on its own the first time and then if you prefer, add milk or sugar to taste.
We’ve made a separate page to answer this question! Please visit ‘Making the perfect cup’.
Rooibos is free of calories unless you choose to add milk, sugar, honey or any other type of sweeteners to the tea, but as the tannin is low, your cuppa is naturally sweet. Which makes this tea an ideal beverage to drink along with a calorie controlled diet.
Rooibos is a great alternative to regular tea or coffee. It is completely pure and natural and contains no additives, caffeine, calories, preservatives or colourings. It is also free from genetic modification. Rooibos also has less than half the amount of tannin found in black tea, a substance which not only leaves a bitter aftertaste but can also prevent the absorption of iron and protein in your diet.
It also contains nine trace minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium and sodium – making a great thirst quencher and ingredient in sports drinks. Rooibos is also hydrating like water, therefore counting towards your recommend 8 glasses a day.
I prefer to make my tea with loose leaves, where can I buy this from?
Currently, we are unable to supply loose redbush tea, we are looking to re-introduce this to our online store later next year.
Our Redbush Tea is not Fairtrade™, but we do however donate a percentage of our profits to the Kalahari Peoples Fund. They are a not for profit organisation formed for the benefit of the San and other indigenous peoples of the Kalahari Desert. Its main function is to act as a liaison between the rural peoples of the Kalahari region and the individuals, groups and agencies who are able to assist in their economic, educational, cultural and sustainability needs. Redbush Tea Co. is very proud of the fact that rooibos has its historic roots as a Bushman medicine, and it is for this reason that we do and will continue to support these truly amazing people. Redbush Tea has a long-standing relationship with them. For more information on our projects go to ‘Our Work with the Bushmen’
Rooibos contains only 5.5 umol/litre of oxalic acid, where regular black tea contains 100 umol/litre. It is also free from sulphites. Which is good news to those suffering from kidney stones as it should not exacerbate your condition.
Our original Redbush Tea is not classed as organic, it is however grown without genetic modification and the finished product is free from any pesticide residue.
Yes, it most certainly does and is rich in both. It also contains Aspalathin, a flavonoid not present in any other plant, and also Quercetin which many believe can inhibit the effects of allergic reactions.
Sadly, our product will no longer be available in stores. This is because, after much deliberation, our board of directors have decided to withdraw our product from supermarket stores to concentrate on building our brand as an e-commerce store, with the possibility of supplying independent health shops.