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Rooibos tea has become internationally known as a herbal tea with health benefits. Internationally it is also named Bush Tea, Red Tea, or Redbush Tea. Rooibos is a member of the Fynbos family, a vegetation unique to the Cape.
The health benefits of Rooibos tea is that it contains no caffeine or tannins, has zero calories and carbohydrates, and is rich in antioxidants, which reduces inflammation. Drinking the tea is also said to lower one’s blood sugar.
Rooibos is grown in the Cederberg area, about 200 km north of Cape Town. Products claiming to be ‘Rooibos’ must use tea leaves from the Cederberg.
Rooibos can be drunk hot with mint, calendula, or chamomile added, or as a refreshing cold drink to which berries or citrus fruit can be added.
The South African Rooibos industry employs about 5000 persons, handling the production of 14000 tons annually, of which just more than half is drunk locally. The tea is exported to 30 countries, with Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, UK, and the USA being the largest importers.
Rooibos tea is served at the Labotessa Café & Terrace.
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