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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Rooibos Red Bush Tea Recipes

South African Rooibos Herbal Tea is non-caffeinated with a reddish-brown color and is considered a healthy tea. The leaves of the tea bush are used to make Rooibos herbal tea also called red bush tea.

Herbal tea brewed from fresh rooibos.
Herbal tea brewed from fresh rooibos

Rooibos teas can be hot, at room temperature or iced.

Try these three simple dried rooibos tea recipes combinations for one cup 8 ounces of warmish hot water.

1.   1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves and 1 teaspoon dried rooibos.

2.   1 teaspoon dried rooibos and 1 teaspoon lemongrass.

3.   1 small piece ginseng root and 1 teaspoon dried rooibos.

Drinking herbal tea brewed from fresh rooibos is an easy way to get nature's healing strength into your body. Rooibos teas can be hot, at room temperature or iced. There are no hard and fast rules about rooibos tea brewing. Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. Some like strong rooibos teas and others prefer mild or lightly flavored infusions.

A botanist, Carl Humberg rediscovered Rooibos plant in the 18th century. He informed the world of Rooibos tea health benefits, a fact known by indigenous South African tribes for centuries. Rooibos tea is not just an herbal remedy that soothes and invigorates both young and old but is a natural herb unique to the South African Cedarberg Mountains of the Western Cape Province.

The natural herb is then processed into a naturally soothing drink, sweet in taste naturally caffeine-free, additive-free, preservative-free, colorant-free and very low in tannin. There are an estimated 350 to 550 Rooibos farmers in South Africa, and the secondary processing is currently dominated by eight large processors responsible for an estimated 90% of the market.

During the summer months, the rooibos plants are harvested, fermented and dried. Traditionally the rooibos tea industry has employed more than 5000 people both in the farms and processing plants.

Rooibos tea industry is one of the biggest employers of people from the rural provinces of South Africa, providing both permanent and seasonal employment opportunities in the industry. Rooibos tea constitutes less than 0.3% of the global tea market and 10% of the global herbal tea market.

The current dominant export markets for rooibos tea are Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan and the United States of America. These accounted for 84% of rooibos tea exports.

Rooibos tea is made from the cut stems and leaves of Aspalathus linearis, a woody shrub endemic to the western parts of the Cape region in South Africa, extending from Cape Town northwards to Nieuwoudtville.

In South Africa, small-scale rooibos tea farmers in the Suid Bokkeveld, near Nieuwvoudville in the Northern Cape is involved in a project that aims to increase their resilience to climate change, specifically drier, hotter conditions and more frequent droughts.

Workshops have been held with the farmers to supply them with information about the expected climate for the season and provide an opportunity to discuss how to respond. Participants also visited other rooibos farms in the area to see what works for them.

Technologies that help to respond better to existing and expected climate variability include wind erosion barriers, and methods for enhancing soil moisture and maintaining biodiversity, such as establishing mulch strips on which belts of natural vegetation can be grown to act as windbreaks.

Farmers have also started intercropping wild rooibos with other cultivars and trying to ensure that harvests are sustainable. The main commercial type of rooibos is the Rocklands type densely branched with uniformly yellow flowers and bright green leaves that turn a rich red-brown color after fermentation. More than 90% of the rooibos commercial product is currently made from this cultivated form, but several wild forms were once wild-crafted on a small scale.

South African Rooibos Herbal Tea Recipes
South African Rooibos Herbal Tea Recipes

Did you know?
Rooibos, pronounced roo-ee-bosh means red bush.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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