Kromland Farm Organic Rooibos Red Tea is a naturally sweet and tasty tea - less bitter than black tea. It contains no caffeine, colorants or preservatives. Our rooibos has less than half the tannins of ordinary tea. Tannins is what gives ordinary tea its bitter taste.
Through the 17th and 18th centuries, European travelers and botanists visiting the Cederberg region in South Africa commented on the profusion of "good plants" for curative purposes. In 1772, Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg noted that "the country people made tea" from a plant related to rooibos or red bush.
Traditionally the local people would climb 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 on the backs of donkeys. The leaves were then chopped with axes and bruised with hammers, before being left to dry in the sun. Since then, rooibos has grown in popularity in South Africa, and has also gained considerable momentum in the worldwide market.
The Rooibos Plant
The Rooibos plant is a small shrubby bush that only grows in South Africa. The bush grows anywhere from 1/2 to 1 meter in height, with very thin, needle-like leaves. The leaves are green, but turn the characteristic red after fermentation.
The Rooibos seeds are precious, because the plants produce few of them. The seeds pop out of the fruits as soon as they are ripe. It is a rather delicate plant, and the cultivation has not changed much over the years. The plants thrive best when left alone in their natural soil. The farming of Rooibos has always been very close to nature and remains so today.
About Kromland Farm
Kromland Farm has been cultivating Rooibos since 1902. But that's nothing - South African's Indigenous Khoisan people have been enjoying its rich flavor for millennia. In fact it was a Khoisan Farmer that first shared with us the secrets of this uniquely sweet and soothing tea, and we've been making it with the same recipe ever since.
Kromland Farm is a 100% organic, single estate Rooibos tea grown on a pioneering farm in the area of South Africa noted for producing the world's finest quality Rooibos. They decided to work with one of the leading traditional South African growers to bring a truly authentic South African rooibos to the UK & USA. Kromland Farm's teas are naturally caffeine free, low in tannin & high in antioxidants made from 100% organically grown ingredients.