Rooibos (pronounce ROY-boss) "tea" is derived from the fermented leaves of the Aspalathus linearis. This broom shaped bush grows wild, but is also cultivated, along the western coast of South Africa. It is often referred to as African red tea due to its lovely intense color. Honeybush is a lesser known tisane that is rising in popularity. Closely related to the rooibos bush and also indigenous to South Africa, honeybush is equally beneficial. It is naturally sweet with honey-like aroma and notes—hence its name. The leaves, bark and stems of this bush contain a variety of minerals including calcium, iron and zinc as well as other plant compounds with antioxidant benefits.
Because neither rooibos or honeybush contain any leaves of the Camillia sinensis bush they are considered part of the tisane family of teas. Their sweet, delicate and earthy flavors easily blend with dried fruits, spices and herbs as well as nuts and flowers to create a range of flavor profiles. In addition to being naturally caffeine-free, rooibos and honeybush tisanes offer many health benefits* as they possess high levels of antioxidants and minerals that research indicates can help fight cancer, support the immune system and promote heart health.
*These statements are not verified by the FDA and not intended to provide medical advice.