We often hear about expats from South Africa longing for a cup of Rooibos tea – a taste of home. There’s more than meets the taste buds with this amazing herbal beverage, though.
Except for the fact that Rooibos is naturally caffeine- and sugar-free, it contains extremely high levels of antioxidants – powerful substances that fight free radicals in the bloodstream and keep us healthy and strong. That’s just the beginning of this powerhouse of a beverage. Rooibos can help alleviate symptoms of a variety of diseases:
With Rooibos being a proudly South African product, what more reason do we need to consume this magical, delicious drink?
Another interesting fact about Rooibos:
A series of studies conducted by the University of Ottawa found that consuming a hot drink on a summer day lowers the amount of heat stored by the body, provided that the sweat produced by the hot beverage can evaporate. This is however only possible in conditions where the sweat can evaporate and not in hot, humid weather. In sunny Pretoria, drinking a cup of tea might just be the answer to the sometimes unbearable heat!
Rooibos and berry iced tea:
3 Rooibos tea bags
3 cups water, 1 boiling, 2 cold
1.5 cups raspberries
3-4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1tsp vanilla bean paste or use a Rooibos-Vanilla tea infusion instead
8 mint leaves
Ice cubes, fresh raspberries and lemon wedges for serving
Make the tea using 1 cup of boiling water and three tea bags. Set aside for a few minutes to steep. Then remove the tea bags and add the remaining cold water. Set aside to cool. Heat up the raspberries, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Put the mixture through a sieve by squashing the fruit to help separate the pulp and juice from the seeds. Once the tea has cooled completely, add the raspberry mixture, lemon juice and mint leaves. Drop in fresh raspberries and a couple of lemon wedges and serve with ice cubes. Keep refrigerated.