Tea is one of the most popular hot beverages in the world. It’s also a very old drink, with evidence of tea production dating back to 2737 BC in China.
Rooibos is an herbal tea that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in Southern Africa and Eastern South America. Rooibos comes from Aspalathus linearis, a plant that belongs to the legume family and grows exclusively on rocky outcrops or mountainsides at altitudes higher than 1800 metres above sea level.
The taste varies greatly depending on when it’s harvested: early-harvest rooibos tastes sweet and mild while late-harvest rooibos tastes more robust and richly flavoured. Rooibos tea tends to be less tannic than black or green teas. Despite being caffeine free, rooibos contains flavour compounds found in other types of tea and has a relatively high concentration of antioxidants, including rutin and quercetin.