Wild Rooibos & the Cederberg, Western Cape Region
Wild rooibos traditionally would grow on the mountains around the Cederberg, Western Cape region and locals would cut the leaves and bring them down in hessian sacks with the aid of donkeys. Rooibos was a cheaper local alternative to the more expensive imported Asian teas. The seed pods must be scarified for germination to take place and Rooibos seeds were at one time the most expensive seeds in the world. Dr Pieter Lefras Nortier is considered to be the father of the Rooibos tea industry in South Africa for his pioneering work in establishing processes necessary for the commercial production of Rooibos.
A Global Favourite with Health-Conscious Consumers
The enjoyable tea-like flavour of Rooibos has seen it become a global favourite with health-conscious consumers around the world. I suppose with so many habitually eaten and drunk things being bad for you it is rare to come across such a healthy alternative. My friend would carry a flask of Rooibos with him at all times and break out a cup whenever he could. Peter would bang on about this South African super drink till the cows came home. I will always remember this red bush tea forever more because of his passion for the stuff. Rooibos tea: A South African healthy alternative that pleased Peter no end. Rooibos tea is available from quality South African grocery stores in Sydney.
Rooibos comes in both fermented and green forms, with the reddish-brown fermented tea the more popular and cheaper. It is generally drunk black with no milk added. Its slightly grassy and malty flavour is popular with its proponents. One would describe it as a light tea in comparison with the tarrier teas traditionally consumed. Peter would tell me how each cup of Rooibos was doing wonders for his health. Its funny what you remember in this life.