08/27/2013 (original post date)

Rooibos which is pronounced Roy-bos, whose scientific name is Aspalathus linearis, also known as “red bush”, grows in South Africa.Rooibos is used to make herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea, redbush tea or red tea, depending upon where you’re from. It has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now being consumed in many countries. Generally, the leaves are oxidized which produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method to produce green tea) makes it more expensive than traditional rooibos. It carries a malty and slightly grassy flavor somewhat different from the regular rooibos.