Rooibos can be translated loosely as “red bush”, which is a slightly misleading name, since this plant is green with yellow flowers. It is evident that this does not refer to the tea, nevertheless it is frequently associated with the tea due to the similar preparation method and certain shared medicinal properties such as antioxidant effects. The Rooibos plant, which with only few exceptions grows exclusively in South Africa, gains its typical red colour during the oxidation process, during which the typical sweet taste of this “non-tea” is formed.
Lovers of sweet beverages should not overlook this Rooibos with the flavour of chocolate pralines. Few are able to resist the aroma and taste of fine chocolates which melt on the tongue. The aroma of chocolate pieces and other sensual ingredients is accompanied by the delicate, sour-sweet aroma of the African Rooibos bush. The taste of the resulting beverage is thus very delicate, fruity, sour-sweet, lightly spicy, all wrapped in a dominant, creamy chocolate coating.
According to growers, Honeybush stimulates appetite and lactation in breastfeeding mothers and also has a range of anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties. The plant contains virtually no caffeine and a very small amount of tannin, as a result of which it is sought out by people suffering with complaints of the cardiovascular system and digestion problems. During preparation the sweet taste can be further heightened by very light simmering for several minutes.