The Rooibos tea health benefits are many and varied. In addition to the health benefits listed below, Rooibos tea also tastes great. It is an unusual taste, but it is quite fruity and has a slightly sweet flavour.
Most people drink the rooibos tea that has been fermented, resulting in the red colour normally associated with it. In fact, many people actually call it Red Bush.
You can buy green rooibos tea which has not been fermented, and therefore contains a higher amount of antioxidants. The green rooibos tea health benefits are therefore the same, but stronger.
However, I don't like the taste as much.
Rooibos is served in different ways around the world. In Africa, it tends to be served with milk and sugar. However, it is not really a tea, and so in other parts of the world it is often served without.
As ever, there is no right or wrong way. You should offer your guests milk and sugar and make no comment on their choice.
Rooibos originates in South Africa, where it grows as a small and shrubby bush. The leaves are needle-like and these are picked to make the tea.
When the tea is processed, oxidisation turns the leaves deep red, although they are actually green on the bush.
Rooibos is low in tannins and so it can be steeped for a long time and not taste bitter.
It is often blended with other flavours, but I really don't like any of them. I prefer natural rooibos leaves, which have a lovely flavour. It's a tasty tea that is easy to drink.
Rooibos tea has no caffeine. Too much caffeine over-stimulates the body and can cause sleeplessness and heart palpitations.
The low tannin content is a good thing for anyone struggling with an iron deficiency. Tannins inhibit the absorption of plant iron.
Rooibos is high in polyphenols, which are amazing antioxidants. Antioxidants are very beneficial in keeping our bodies healthy by fighting free radicals.
Rooibos tea is one tea where I have not noticed a marked difference in quality between teabags and loose tea. Different brands do taste slightly different. My personal favourite (so far) is Tick Tock Eleven o'clock Rooibosch which can be found online. The company ships worldwide.
Makes 4 cups
4 teaspoons loose rooibos leaves, or two (three for a large pot) teabags
4 cups freshly boiled water
Rooibos is delicious with all the recipes on this site! I love it with chocolate, and I think it's great with savoury food too. It really is a marvellous alternative to black tea.