Through the 17th and 18th cen-turies, European travellers and botanists visiting the Ceder-berg region of South Africa commented on the profusion of “good plants” for curative pur-poses. In 1772, Swedish natu-ralist Carl Thunberg noted that “the country people made tea” from the rooibos or redbush. Traditionally, the local peo-ple climbed the mountains and cut the fine needle-like leaves from wild rooibos plants. They then rolled the bunches of leaves into hessian bags and brought them down the steep slopes. The leaves were then chopped with axes and bruised with hammers before being left to dry in the sun.

Rooibos “red bush” (Afrikaans) is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa. The leaves are used to make a herbal tea called Rooibos or Bush Tea.
The generic name comes from the plant Calicotome villosa, as-palathos in Greek. This plant has very similar growth and flowers to the Rooibos plant. The specific name Linearis comes from the plant’s linear growing structure and needle-like leaves. Rooibos is usually grown in a small area in the re-gion of the Western Cape prov-ince. Generally, the leaves are oxidized often mistranslated as fermentation in common tea pro-cessing terminology …

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