Each month at English Tea Shop we’re shining a spotlight on one of our wonderful organic ingredients and this month it’s…rooibos. This unique ingredient has an equally unique flavour; it’s rich and full with a slightly nutty, toasted note and hints of sugary caramel. Rooibos (pronounced roy-bos) or otherwise known as redbush, is a versatile tea ingredient, which can be used as a base for many different blends, complimenting stronger ingredients perfectly, due to its pleasant subtle flavour. Here at English Tea Shop, we celebrate Rooibos and all it has to offer!
Origins of Rooibos
Rooibos is native to certain regions of South Africa, and has been grown there for many centuries. Indigenous people have been harvesting the leaves of this broom-like plant to treat ailments for many generations. Rooibos became known globally in the 18th century when a botanist rediscovered the leaves, and in the 20th century rooibos tea was manufactured and drunk as a caffeine-free alternative to traditional tea. During the Second World War the drink took off around Europe as it became difficult to ship in well-known teas from Asia.
Benefits of drinking Rooibos in Tea
Rooibos has been heralded for its health properties for many years, it is naturally caffeine free which makes it a great alternative for those people who want to cut down on their caffeine intake. As such, it is thought to be very relaxing, perfect to warm you up on long winter evenings. In addition to this, it has strong antioxidant properties that can help protect against diseases and lower inflammation. It can also help build strong bones and even aid in weight loss!
How are we sustainably farming Rooibos for our teas?
We source our organic rooibos from South Africa, the area in which the plant is native to. It grows particularly well in this part of the world as it’s supported by the temperate climate, soil and conditions, compared with anywhere else in the world.
Where to find our Rooibos
Rooibos is present in lots of English Tea Shop blends, for example it can be found in our Everyday Teas in blends such as classic Rooibos, Rooibos, Cocoa & Vanilla and Super Berries. It is also present in our Super Goodness blend, Green Rooibos, Pomegranate and Blueberry. However, if you’re looking for something festive, our South African rooibos can be found in the majority of our seasonal blends which you can find in our Holiday Collection and Advent Calendars. These limited edition blends include: Winter Warmer, Pineapple Punch, Chai Charge and Berry Rooibos. So why not pick up some rooibos this Christmas for a unique gift for your tea loving family member or friend.
Where to find us
Remember to look for us in your local Holland & Barrett in the UK, where you can shop our classic Rooibos. Alternatively use our handy online tool to find a seller near you or shop over on our Amazon Store.