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Product: Rooibos Tea
Latin Name: Aspalathus linearis
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Other Names: Roy Bos, Red Bush, Rooibosh, Rooibosch, South African Red Tea, Rooibostee & Bossietee.
Description: Rooibos tea has a delicious, sweet and slightly nutty flavour. The plant the tea comes from is a perennial, woody shrub which is a member of the Fabaceae (pea) family, native to South Africa, which reaches a height of 2 metres. The leaves are stalk less, green and needle-like and approximately 15-60 mm in length. The flowers are solitary, yellow in colour and grow in dense clusters at the tips of branches. The fruit resembles a small pea pod and contains 1-2 seeds.
Interesting Fact: Did you know rooibos tea leaves are not red when harvested as one of its common names of ‘Red Bush’ would make you think? Rooibos tea leaves are green when harvest and turn red during the drying process. Rooibos tea was discovered by the ancient Khoisan tribe of South Africa who used it as a medicine, and then in the 17th century, European settlers to Africa witnessed the tribes’ use of the tea and began to use it for themselves. The tea became more popular as an alternative to tea than as a medicine in Europe, but it wasn’t until the 1930’s that rooibos tea took off as a tea alternatively in Europe.
Ingredients: Dried leaves of Aspalathus linearis.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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