Rooibos History & Culture
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a small shrub in the bean family that grows only in a single mountain range in South Africa and nowhere else on Earth. The needle-like leaves are fermented to produce the tea’s characteristic red color and rich flavor. Rooibos (say roy-boss) is an abundant source of antioxidants and minerals. It is an ideal tea for children, as well as for those sensitive to caffeine. It is also naturally low in tannin.
Health Benefits of Rooibos
Rooibos Caffeine Content
Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free.
Rooibos is a rich source of antioxidants. It has an ORAC value of around 2000 µmolTE/240ml, which is roughly equivalent to a cup of green tea.
Other Rooibos Health Benefits
The Preparation of Rooibos
Rooibos requires boiling water to release its full flavor and benefits. In rural South Africa, it is common to see a pot of rooibos simmering all day atop the woodstove. We recommend a steep-time of at least 10 minutes.
Our Rooibos Source
Our certified fair trade rooibos is hand-harvested by an indigenous cooperative of Khoi-San farmers in South Africa's Cedarburg Mountains. Traditional small-scale farming techniques ensure sustainable yields, stable desert soils, and long-lived, potent plants. What’s more, a portion of the sale of this tea goes directly to community development initiatives such as schools, health facilities, and job creation.
Our Rooibos Products