So you might have heard of rooibos tea (aka red bush tea).
Well here’s the deal-io.
‘Rooibos is grown only in a small area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa.’
Thank you wiki.
So you can imagine as a native African – born, bred and raised in sunny South Africa – I grew up on it.
The natural sweetness of rooibos, combined with a soft aroma of herbal-y goodness, makes for a lovely tea (and if you’re super constipated, a mild laxative).
Mum said it is was the perfect alternative to water, when her babies weren’t keen on the ‘pure stuff’.
Needless to say, it’s my favourite tea as an adult. And as a lucky bonus it also has cool health benefits, like containing no caffeine, and super low levels of tannin (apparently rooibos’ antioxidants is also a drawcard for some).
Since this installment of LeWOW (Lize’s Word on the Web) is turning into a bit of a ‘revue’, I might as well tell you my favourite brands of rooibos. As a South African living abroad I was very pleased to find my favourite Freshpak brand in one of the local supermarkets.
Also me mum’s favourite, Five Roses, has got the lovely smooth, soft taste that I love. I guess you can’t go wrong with any old cup o’ red bush in your hand, but if you gonna stand in the tea aisle wondering which one to try, you might as well take the South Africans’ choice in consideration.
And Dais, if there’s anything out there that will cure your addiction to the ‘feine, it’s gonna be a that cup of steamy hot South African goodness.
your bush-lovin’ friend,