|Subject:||Teas: Loose: Rooibos||
|Description:|| The story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in
South Africa's beautiful Cedarberg region. It was the locals of
the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of
the wild "Aspalathus Linearis" plant made a tasty aromatic tea.
It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with
axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before
drying in the sun. Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine.
Those that consume Rooibos have claimed that it has a soothing
effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive
Rooibos seeds are planted during February and March. They are tended for 18 months after which they are harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma. The broad range of aromatic and tasty ingredients give Rooibos Provence the special fruity and lavendar character- terrific served hot and sensational served iced!
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