Are you ready to cut down on coffee and caffeinated drinks? Then rooibos tea is the perfect solution. This tea has an intense taste, so it replaces the strength of the coffee taste well. In addition, rooibos tea naturally contains no caffeine. Read all about the interesting history of this tea and learn how to select the right quality tea.
The South African pride
Rooibos tea was rediscovered in 1772 by botanist Carl Humber, but did you know that the bushmen of South Africa have been harvesting this tea for centuries? It was mainly used for various medicinal applications and for its delicious taste. In other parts of the world, rooibos tea became more popular when it became difficult to ship Asian tea because of the Second World War. People soon started to like the typical and intense taste and there may also be a number of health benefits.
The power of rooibos tea
In the 1960s, the South African Annique Theron wrote a book about the health benefits of rooibos. This book was the start of the many studies that followed. One of the main reasons why rooibos may have health benefits is because of the antioxidants. Protective plant compounds and vitamin C have also been discovered in the tea and may protect against the damaging impact of free radicals. Another contributor to the health benefits is the fact that there is no caffeine in rooibos. Because the tea does not have to be decaffeinated, all healthy elements remain completely intact.
It is said that rooibos tea has a positive effect on blood pressure, cholesterol, blood circulation and it may also have an anti-inflammatory effect. It is of course important that you choose the right tea quality, so read on.
How do you recognize a good rooibos tea?
The quality levels of rooibos tea can be very different. For example, a rooibos tea that mainly consists of needles has a purer taste than rooibos that mainly consists of twig. The duration of fermentation also has an impact on the taste experience. On average, the tea is fermented for 8 to 24 hours before being dried in the sun. It is also important to look at the color of the leaves. These should be brown-red and a little yellow. Do you prefer a strong tea? Then we have good news for you! The longer you let the tea steep, the more antioxidants are released.
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