Red Tea of South Africa: Rooibos

Twinings Rooibos Tea - Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC
Twinings Rooibos Tea – Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC

To tell you the truth I’m not big fan of tisanes or herbal teas. For those who do not know the difference between real tea and tisanes, it’s simple: Real tea comes from Camellia Sinensis Plant. And there are six types of teas that come from Camellia Sinensis which are green, yellow, white, oolong, black and dark teas.  Even though we call tisanes ‘tea’, they do not come from Camellia Sinensis. The only reason that comes to my mind regarding why tisanes are called tea is similar brewing method with tea.

Rooibos is one of these teas that is often confused with real tea. What makes it more confusing is the fact that rooibos is also known as ‘red tea’. Why is this confusing? Because, in Chinese classification of tea, black tea is also known as ‘red tea’ based on the color of tea liquor.

Rooibos tea is indigenous to South Africa. The reason it’s become so popular around the globe is mostly associated with the health benefits of rooibos tea. It’s quite rich in antioxidants; and it’s got no caffeine which makes it perfect drink for evenings.

You can come across both green and red rooibos teas. Green one is not gone through oxidation unlike red one. Another classification might be flavored and unflavored ones. Among flavored ones are chai rooibos, vanilla rooibos, blueberry rooibos and so on.

For those who look for some new teas in their daily routine, rooibos tea is great option. It’s smooth, naturally sweet and caffeine-free. Bon appetit!

Rooibos Blueberry
Rooibos Blueberry