Rooibos

Written by Seth Cotterell
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When you think of tea, you probably associate it with Asia, the Middle East, or even England. These are the traditional sources of tea and have become synonymous with tea production and culture. You might be surprised to learn that there are African teas as well.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is Africa's most famous and most popular tea. It is grown primarily in South Africa in the low mountain regions. It is grown at a much lower altitude than many other teas, such as those produced in India or Sri Lanka. Rooibos is grown nearly a mile lower in altitude than chai tea, for example. This results in a unique and identifiable tea variety.

Rooibos is also one of the most healthy and beneficial teas you can drink. Drinking rooibos has been linked to reduced risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer. It is similar to English black teas in that it is packed with flavonoids that help prevent stroke. Like many teas, it is a natural source of antioxidants that help prevent cell damage from free radicals produced in the metabolizing of oxygen in the body.

Though rooibos is less well known than many of the other tea varieties, its robust taste and natural goodness make it a must-try for tea enthusiasts of any culture. As gourmet and rare teas become more accessible around the globe as a result of Internet commerce, rooibos will grow in popularity and become a much more common sight in the United States and other countries.


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