Most Americans use the term “tea” for any type of warm drink made from tea leaves or herbs. Technically, only “true tea” which is made from the leaves of the tea plant (camellia sinensis) should be called tea. Herbal and other blends from non-tea plants are called herbal infusions or by their plant name (rooibos, honeybush, chamomile, etc.)
- Rooibos is a caffeine-free herb that comes from the Rooibos bush which grows near Cape Town, South Africa.
- It has gained recent popularity as a healthy, hot beverage option
- Rooibos contains vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc and iron.
- Its needle-like leaves are harvested and cut, then processed as "green" or "roasted."
- It's also called Red Bush Tea.