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Organic Rooibos

Organic Rooibos

Looking for an organic rooibos? Look no further! Arbor Teas is proud to offer a large selection of flavored and plain loose leaf organic rooibos. A tisane of particular note these days, the South African herb rooibos (pronounced ROY-bus) is native to the beautiful Cedarberg region. Often mistakenly referred to as tea, rooibos is an entirely different botanical species that is naturally caffeine-free. However, it is frequently blended in much the same way as many of our other organic loose leaf tea, producing such favorites as our Masala Chai and Blackberry.


Origins of Our Organic Rooibos

Our organic rooibos hails from the Cedarberg region of South Africa. The word "rooibos" comes from the Afrikaans language and means "red bush," which is an apt description of the plant. Other names for rooibos are "bush tea," "red bush tea," "South African red tea," or simply "red tea." It is noted by nutritionists and health consultants the world over for its soothing character. In contrast to tea from the camellia sinensis plant, rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and low in tannins.

Organic Rooibos Manufacture

As with any rooibos, our organic rooibos is harvested during South Africa's summer. Cut rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length, then bruised between rollers to trigger oxidization, which, among other things, changes the leaves' color from yellow to the familiar red and gives rooibos its characteristic flavor and sweet aroma. Finally, it is dried. Unoxidized green rooibos is manufactured by skipping the oxidation process entirely, and drying the leaves immediately after harvest.

Preparation Tips for Our Organic Rooibos

We recommend brewing our organic rooibos in water from a full boil, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit, for 5-7 minutes. Of course, these are only our recommendations. Let your personal taste be the ultimate test! Get more tips on how to brew loose leaf tea. Because rooibos is low in tannins, its brew has very little astringency and is often described as having a slick or slippery mouth feel. Hot or iced, it is a great naturally caffeine-free choice for kids.