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WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA ?

Discovering the Unique Marvel of Rooibos Tea: Pakhula Foods' Exceptional Offerings



Rooibos tea, often pronounced as "roy-boss," may be a relatively young contender in the world of beverages, but it possesses an ancient charm that is capturing hearts worldwide. As your trusted Rooibos tea supplier, Pakhula Foods invites you to delve into the fascinating world of Rooibos, an herb native to South Africa, and explore why choosing us for your Rooibos tea needs is a decision that elevates your business.


The Rooibos Revelation


Rooibos, an herb indigenous to South Africa, stands in stark contrast to the ancient Camellia sinensis tea plant, which has been producing black and green teas for over a millennium. Unlike traditional teas, Rooibos isn't technically a "tea" at all; it's a plant that, when harvested and dried, transforms into a reddish-brown herbal infusion often referred to as "African red tea" or "red bush tea" in the tea industry.


Why Rooibos Matters


Rooibos gained popularity among Dutch settlers in South Africa during the 1700s as a cost-effective alternative to the imported black tea of the time. However, the commercial production of Rooibos tea truly began to flourish in the 1930s, marking the beginning of an exciting journey for this young herbal tea-producing plant.


Innovations in Rooibos processing have continued to shape its role in the tea industry. The late 1990s witnessed the emergence of green rooibos, a less oxidised version of the more familiar red rooibos. Subsequently, the early 2000s brought us powdered Rooibos for culinary applications, concentrated Rooibos for tea-like "espresso" beverages, and Rooibos extract for food flavouring and cosmetics.


A Unique Crop with a Rich Heritage


Rooibos thrives in the Cederberg region of South Africa, a place steeped in biodiversity and history. This region boasts a World Heritage-protected wildlife area, ancient sandstone formations dating back 500 million years, and a 6,000-year-old rock art legacy left by the San people, the original inhabitants.


For centuries, locals have been harvesting and brewing wild Rooibos in the Cederberg region. While some Rooibos is still harvested from the wild, commercial cultivation has extended to other parts of South Africa. South Africa remains the sole global producer of Rooibos, with over 450 growers yielding up to 15,000 tons of Rooibos annually. Approximately 7,000 tons of South African Rooibos find their way to more than 30 countries, with Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States ranking as the largest importers.


The Rooibos Journey: From Plant to Cup


Rooibos processing mirrors that of the Camellia sinensis tea plant. After hand harvesting, Rooibos stems and leaves are bundled, sorted, and sometimes oxidised to develop its essential oils, flavor, and color. The degree of oxidation determines whether it becomes the familiar red Rooibos or the slightly green, flavoured green Rooibos. Like traditional teas, Rooibos is also graded based on leaf-to-stem content, with higher grades containing more flavorful leaves and less stem and dust.


Embracing the Flavours of Rooibos


Rooibos delivers a wide spectrum of flavours, from smoky and sweet to woody and floral. Teatulia®'s Rooibos Herbal Tea, available through Pakhula Foods, offers a reddish-orange liquor with woody and earthy notes, complemented by a sweet vanilla finish. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a touch of milk, honey, or sugar in the South African tradition, Rooibos promises a unique and delightful experience.


Beyond the teacup, Rooibos is making waves in the culinary and cosmetic worlds. It's used in premium flavoured beverages, creative recipes like Rooibos Chicken Pot Pie, and health-oriented cosmetic products, thanks to its reported nutritional and health benefits. Rooibos also serves as a natural dye for hair, Easter eggs, and crafts, owing to its rich amber-red hue.


Brewing the Perfect Cup of Rooibos


For the ideal Rooibos infusion, use fresh, pure, cold-filtered water and steep according to your preference. Unlike traditional teas, Rooibos is caffeine-free, making it an excellent alternative for those looking to avoid caffeine.


Preserving Rooibos Freshness


To keep your Rooibos fresh, it's essential to store it properly. Rooibos, similar to other teas and herbs, should be shielded from light, oxygen, moisture, and aromatic pantry companions. Buying Rooibos from reputable sources like Pakhula Foods ensures that you receive the highest-quality product, ready to be savoured at its best.


Choose Pakhula Foods: Your Rooibos Tea Supplier



At Pakhula Foods, we take pride in being your trusted supplier of Rooibos tea. Our commitment to delivering premium quality Rooibos is unwavering, and we ensure that every batch meets the highest standards. When you partner with us, you're choosing exceptional Rooibos that will enhance your tea business and captivate your customers.


Elevate your tea offerings with the allure of Rooibos tea from Pakhula Foods. Contact us today to explore our wholesale options and embark on a journey to offer your customers the remarkable world of Rooibos. Experience the freshness, flavor, and uniqueness of Rooibos tea, exclusively from Pakhula Foods.

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