Rooibos also known as Red Bush or Red Tea is harvested and processed in a similar fashion to the Camillia sinensis tea plant. The bushy rooibos plant is cut by hand and its stems and leaves are bound into bundles. The bundles are sorted and then cut to encourage oxidation. Oxidation (exposure to oxygen) is what brings out the plant’s essential oils and helps the leaves develop their rich color and flavor. A less oxidized rooibos is steamed and dried immediately so it remains slightly green in color and retains a grassy, mineral-like flavor. This less oxidized version is called green rooibos.
Rooibos is a naturally non-caffeinated source of antioxidants and contains chrysoeriols, a flavonoid with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help blood circulation. The chrysoeriois in rooibos help to alleviate seasonal allergies. Free sample and disposable tea filter included with every order.