(HERBAL TEA - Rooibos means RED BUSH in Afrikaans)
Country of Origin: South Africa
Shipping Port: Cape Town
Grade: Choice Grade #1
Altitude: 1500-2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Cup Characteristics: The lemon invigorates the rooibos taste. Simply wonderful hot or iced and dressed with a slice of lemon.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used)
Ingredients: Luxury rooibos, Calendula petals, Lemongrass, Natural flavors.
Lemons. All refrigerators have them. Most of us don’t give them much thought. Not so Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. In his poem “Ode to a Lemon”, he describes the juice of the fruit,
Unrefined gold …
… the most intense liqueur
of nature, unique, vivid, concentrated
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The juice of lemons is at once sour, piquant and as it was so eloquently put, intense. So what do you think we do when we encounter a fruit with a flavor profile as complex and powerful as that of the lemon? We blend it into a tea of course! These times we’ve taken the natural essence of sun kissed lemons and blend it with a pure South African Cederberg Rooibos. The result is a caffeine free delight. The cup presents lemons, exceptionally smooth Rooibos tones wonderfully offset by the tart citrus edge of the fruit. Were Pablo Neruda alive today there is no doubt he would have composed a poem about this tea. It may have gone something like this:
Wow, that’s yummy stuff.
200 ml (about 7 ounces) of brewed Rooibos contains the following nutrients:
Nutrient Function in the Body per 200 ml
Iron (Fe) Essential for transport of oxygen in the blood 0.07 mg
Potassium (K) Assists certain metabolic functions 7.12 mg
Calcium (Ca) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 1.09 mg
Copper (Cu) Assists certain metabolic processes 0.07 mg
Zinc (Zn) Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin 0.04 mg
Magnesium (Mg) Assists a healthy nervous system and other metabolic processes 1.57 mg
Fluoride (F) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 0.22 mg
Manganese (Mn) Assists metabolic processes and bone growth and development 0.04 mg
Sodium (Na) Necessary for fluid and acid-base balance 6.16 mg
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of rooibos for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of rooibos into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the Rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the Rooibos into the serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.