Rooibos as an alternative to tea, is gaining an ever increasing popularity.
Rooibos, pronounced "Roy-boss", has nothing to do with Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant.
It is the produce of processing of the needle-like leaves of a shrub, Asphalatus Linearis, that grows in South Africa and more precisely in the area of the Cedarberg Mountains.
Green colour, thin red stems and small yellow flowers.
In the oxidation step of the manufacturing process of the plant, the leaves turn red mahogany, that is why the plant is known as Rooibos (Afrikaans for "red bush") and the drink as "red tea".
Caffeine free, it is therefore suitable to be drunk throughout the day and its soft, round and naturally sweet taste makes it perfect in the diets and as children drink.
It is excellent both hot or cold, drunk as it is or with a dash of honey and a cloud of milk.
In addition, the Rooibos is shown by medical research and traditional medicine as a beverage of beneficial properties.
Recent studies indicate that the Rooibos contains several types of flavonoids,including quercetin, lutein, rutin, powerful antioxidants, capable of fight the so called free radicals, responsible for cell aging.
Traditionally used by South African mothers to soothe the infant colics, it seems that Rooibos has anti-spasmodic and sedative ability.
It also contains alpha-hydroxy, known as a promoter of healthy skin and brings a high content of minerals like calcium, manganese and fluoride.
To the metabolites of Rooibos have also been attributed the analgesic activity, and the anti-allergic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Steep at an average temperature of 90°C.