Out of Africa- Rooibos tisane explained.


Rooibos tea comes from the South Africa.Rooibos


 

It is not leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. This plant is named Aspalathus linearis. In our language Rooibos or Red Bush.

There is a huge difference in these finished tea leaves. All teas from the Camellia sinensis plant have varying amounts of caffeine. Some of us enjoy this stimulant. Some prefer not to have caffeine in our drinks.

Leaves from the Aspalathus linearis plant have no carbohydrates and no caffeine at all. What a benefit for the person on a diet. This is like drinking caffeine free diet Coke, without the artificial sweetener. It just can’t get better than that.

What else is in it for us?

What they do have is all the anti oxidant properties that caffeinated teas have. Rooibos tea has more polyphenols than is found in all caffeinated teas.

Processing the leaves is very similar to other teas. Leaves are plucked, mostly by hand. Then they are allowed to ferment or oxidize Sometimes for long periods of time. After oxidization the leaves are steamed to stop the processing. Finally they are rolled and dried. This process is similar to black tea.

After all this is done we have what is called a loose leaf tisane.

The liquid will be reddish in color after being brewed. To prepare your drink pour boiling water over leaves for up to 10 minutes.

Some researchers have found that it's best to brew for more than 10 minutes. This gives the highest antioxidant activity. In turn we have more health benefits.

Brewing other teas for longer periods of time will cause the tea to be bitter tasting, however this tea never grows bitter or tart with over-steeping.




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