Rooibos or Redbush is made from a century’s old and much respected South African herb, Aspalathus linearis. It grows only in the stunning Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape province of South Africa and is most distinctive for its fine needle like leaves from which the tea is made.

It started its life as a wild plant and it is quite amazing that it was ever discovered and made into the exquisite tea that we know today. Rooibos is one of the few plants that have made the transition from the wild to a commercially cultivated crop; you can still see wild bushes growing at the side of the road. Our rooibos at The Redbush Tea Company is just as it has always been, never modified or subjected to hybridisation; indeed many of the farms continue to allow indigenous wild plants and flowers to grow amongst the rows of rooibos, so maintaining a more natural and ecologically sound environment.

Little is known about the early history of rooibos only that it has been used for many centuries
by the indigenous San or Bushmen; primarily, it is believed as an herbal medicine. They used a process thought to have been later copied by Malay slaves, but the Bushmen were the first to harvest the wild plants, chopping them with axes, bruising them with hammers and leaving them to ferment in heaps before drying them in the sun. The tea is produced in the same way today, although much of the process is now mechanised, it is even still dried under the African sun in vast yards, before being sucked into special vacuums before further purification. The tea is then sorted and graded according to length, colour and flavour. This guarantees you uniform standards of high quality and the superior taste of Redbush Tea. We purchase only the finest grade of Redbush Tea which is specially blended for us from
the top 10% of the harvest.

Redbush is naturally infused with health; it contains no additives, colourings, artificial preservatives or calories. It is also GMO free, and any pesticides are stringently removed during pasteurisation. Redbush is also naturally caffeine free, i.e. it does not undergo any chemical process to remove the caffeine; it is also extremely low in tannin, on average less than half that of regular black teas (Camellia sinensis). Tannin is a substance, which can affect your ability to absorb and store essential iron, which may be of particular importance to growing children or if you are suffering with anaemia, are pregnant or on a calorie controlled diet. It also means that it lacks that bitter after taste present in many black teas, so you do not need to add a sweetener.

  • The history of Redbush Tea
  • The history of Redbush Tea
  • The history of Redbush Tea
  • The history of Redbush Tea