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What is Raw Green Bush Tea?

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October 1, 2015

First, what is rooibos?

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a member of the legume family and only grows in the Cedarberg mountains in the Western Cape region of South Africa. It has been enjoyed since the turn of the century when local BUSHMEN discovered that fermenting and sun drying the needle-like leaves of this wild mountain plant produced a tasty and fortifying tea. Today, the locals refer this tea as Bush Tea.

What is the difference between green and red rooibos?

Green and red rooibos comes from the same plant but the difference is the curing process. Immediately after harvest, green rooibos is lightly steamed to halt oxidation, retaining the green color in the leaves (the stalks are naturally red). Red rooibos goes through a long oxidation process, fully turning the leaves reddish in color.

Red rooibos has a full-bodied flavor with caramel notes and steeps into a reddish-brown cup. Green rooibos has a more delicate, herbal flavor and steeps into a light orange-yellow cup.

Why is this rooibos raw?

Raw Green Bush Tea is just lightly steamed at under 115°F. It is minimally processed and does not go through any pasteurization.

What are the nutritional benefits of raw rooibos?

This raw state preserves the plants natural live benefits.

Any calories or caffeine?

All of our Raw Green Bush Teas are free of caffeine and calories.

How long does it stay fresh?

If stored under normal conditions (at or below room temperature and low humidity), Raw Green Bush Tea will retain its freshness for 2 years or longer.

How is it prepared?

Heat fresh filtered water to boiling. Place one tea bag in your cup and pour in 6 oz of the heated water. Steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove the tea bag and enjoy. For iced tea, double the amount of tea bags used, steep as above and pour over a generous amount of ice.

Serving Suggestions

All of the flavors are refreshing served hot or over ice, with savory or sweet foods and with or without sweetener. Since it is caffeine-free, these teas can be enjoyed all day long.

What certifications does it have?

Natural Raw Green Bush Tea is Certified USDA Organic and Kosher and all of our blends are Gluten-Free.