One of my favorite teas is the red tea called Rooibos which comes from South Africa. I first tasted this delicious and distinctive tea in Australia in the home of someone who visited South Africa often, then enjoyed it again when I spent months in South Africa. Recently I have found it easily available in local grocery stores.
What is Rooibos Tea?
African Rooibos Red Tea is a distinctively flavored delicious red leaf tea which brings the flavors of South Africa to the rest of the world. Twinings of London tea company sells boxes of 20 tea bags for easy preparation. This herbal tea is grown in the mountains of central South Africa. Twinings reports that the Rooibos red leaf tea plant has been used for many generations by those living in South Africa. According to the Twinings box, the plant is harvested in summer, fermented, and then dried in the sun until it reaches its deep mahogany red color.
What are the advantages of African Rooibus Red Tea?
This tea is naturally caffeine free, but has a stronger flavor than the usual herb teas, which often have a light fruit or herb flavor, but do not taste anything like actually tea. Those who enjoy what my English mother used to call “a nice cup of tea” will find that this herb tea does taste more like a “real” tea. Tea drinkers who enjoy a little milk in their tea will like the fact that African Rooibus Red Tea has the strength of flavor to stand up to the added milk and/or sugar. Those who drink their tea black will find the flavor mild enough and not bitter for drinking at any time.
What are the disadvantages of African red tea?
The flavor is a little different from the usual black tea, and has a deep reddish color, so it may surprise tea drinkers at first.
Is it worth buying African Rooibus Red Tea?
To prepare the tea to get the best flavor, pour bubbling, boiling water over a tea bag and let it brew for 3-5 minutes. Serve with sugar, and a small amount of milk if desired. To make a full teapot of tea to share, use one bag per cup and add one extra for the pot.
It is definitely worth trying this wonderful taste of South Africa. This red bush tea is mentioned often in the book and television show, The First Ladies’ Detective Agency, and will give you a taste of Africa as you sit and sip while reading.
Source: Personal experience.