Not tea tea. Rooibos.
Tea is also sometimes called Rooibos, robusti, Rooibos, Rooibos, redbush, Redbox (rooibos, lat. Aspalathus Linearis). It is very popular not only at home but also in Japan, Holland, Germany, England and many other countries. In Germany, this popular drink is called the Massai Tea or Tea Bushmen.
The production of this tea are the needle-like leaves of the plant, which, depending on treatment remain green or acquire a brick-red tint. For the manufacture of green Rooibos leaves after harvest immediately steamed to stop the fermentation process. Green Rooibos tea leaves are more delicate (grassy) taste, and when welding give a light color. The red Rooibos is a natural process of fermentation is finished, then the leaves traditionally get dried up in the sun. The infusion of the Rooibos itself has a sweet taste, but it usually additionally do is more sweet and diluted with milk.
The taste of the Rooibos seems at first to be somewhat specific, too woody, so the “first” sample better to do with scented varieties, of which there are many: strawberry, orange, chocolate, vanilla and others. Enhance the flavor of Rooibos with the help of slices of orange or lemon. Rooibos with a mind like fine sawdust reddish-brown color and these “tea leaves” pass through even the smallest strainers, therefore, to brew this tea is best in tea bags or in paper filters.
For the preparation of the drink there are no special rules and special dishes. In a Cup take 1 teaspoon of Rooibos, pour boiling water and infuse for 4-5 minutes. For infusions Rooibos boil a few minutes. Rooibos is consumed quite sparingly, can withstand 3-4 welding, after which gradually loses its flavor. Sometimes Rooibos is brewed in a thermos, where the prolonged maintenance of high tea temperature. Drink has a sweet and sour taste with aroma of hay, dark brown-red hue.
Rooibos, unlike tea or coffee, contains no theine or caffeine, you can drink it anytime of day and in any amount without fear of dehydration or insomnia. It also makes Rooibos is an ideal drink for children, newborns and nursing mothers. Another advantage before tea – very low content in tannin, Rooibos (and in tea it contains 1.5 to 3%), which prevents the absorption of iron, which is why pregnant and nursing women are advised not to abuse the usual tea. Rooibos has no caffeine, making it useful for people with heart problems. Another advantage before tea – minimum content in Rooibos oxalic acid, so it can be recommended to people prone to kidney stones.
The infusion of the Rooibos is very nice refreshing cold and even the next day does not lose its beneficial properties and taste.
The useful properties of African drink Rooibos very much. A Cup of Rooibos can be compared to a dietary Supplement – so many minerals and vitamins contained in this drink. Rooibos is rich in vitamins and minerals. Most Rooibos contains potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium, and less zinc, copper, fluorine, manganese, and iron. One Cup of Rooibos satisfies half of the daily human need for vitamin C and 1/9 needs in iron. This rich microelements drink can serve to prevent heart disease and maintain entire body in good shape. Especially valuable Rooibos because it contains a lot of copper. This is a rare trace mineral needed by the body for blood formation, and protein metabolism. Its deficiency affects the color of the skin and condition hair. Flavonoids in Rooibos, neutralize free radicals and slow down the negative processes in the body. All the useful properties of Rooibos is still not understood, but in Japan, known for its special attitude of people to their health, Rooibos is more popular than at home. Antioxidant properties of green Rooibos ten times stronger than the usual red.
Unlike other teas, Rooibos can be stored for several years without losing its flavor, although its beneficial properties disappear. From opened boxes Rooibos is recommended to pour in a wooden or glass container with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool place, away from sunlight. The Rooibos flavor is quite strong and lasting, and therefore it is not recommended to store it next to other teas.
Infusion Rooibos contains vitamins C, E and P, And, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, zinc, copper, sodium and manganese. Rooibos is a natural source of tetracycline and is a great antibacterial agent. The infusion of Rooibos can be used as a surface preparation (lotions, poultices) against dermatitis, eczema, acne, itching, skin irritation (including infants). Red Rooibos is used as a remedy against colic and sleeplessness in infants, just pour in a bottle instead of water cooled infusion. In addition, Rooibos strengthens the walls of blood vessels, improves digestion, and lowers blood pressure. Tea is used as an expectorant and a sedative and to treat allergies and prevent caries. In South Africa among the European population Rooibos earned the glory of the Savior from a hangover. Today being developed to use “African tea” in drugs for cancer, hepatitis and diabetes. Extracts Rooibos is increasingly used in cosmetic products for skin and hair, normal tea infusion can be used as a tonic for cleansing and as an additive to baths Rooibos in Africa drink even nursing mothers — it contains no tannin and caffeine. But it is full of various vitamins.
And besides, we have shown that three cups of Rooibos cover one-third of the daily needs of a person in the gland.
Websites where you can read about Rooibos tea (Rooibos):
1. The tea ceremony. Rooibos
The exact history of Rooibos is unknown, it is associated with many legends and mysteries. According to legends of the African tribes, generous gods gave the people the Rooibos tea as a source of good health, long youth and exuberant energy.
2. What is Rooibos
Rooibos is a shrub of the legume family that grows in southern Africa. From its delicate leaves, like spruce needles, prepared a terrific drink, rich in vitamins and minerals.
3. Red tea (Rooibos, Rooibos, Africa)
This shrub grows only in Africa, Tsessarsky the mountains near Cape town, its Latin name Aspalathus Linearis and it belongs to the legume family.