What is Rooibos (Red Bush)? Facts & Recipes highlights basic nutritional facts as well as culinary uses of this special plant indigenous to South Africa.
WHAT IS ROOIBOS
Rooibos (Red Bush) was introduced to the Western markets a while ago. But it never really made the kind of impact that quinoa or chia seeds have. While these 2 ingredients (as well as a few others) have created a culinary revolution of sorts rooibos remains largely unknown.
I am a huge fan of rooibos! So I am dedicating this post to highlighting some basic nutritional facts and culinary uses of this special plant. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you’ll also find some rooibos recipe ideas.
Rooibos, which means ‘red bush’ in Afrikaans, grows only in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The bushes are actually green but once fermented the rooibos leaves turn a deep red colour that we associate with rooibos tea.
Is rooibos similar to black tea
No, it isn’t. Rooibos has no calories, is naturally caffeine free and has half the tannin of black tea. Tannin is the ingredient responsible for making black tea taste bitter. It is also thought to prevent the absorption of iron and protein in our diet.
As a result, rooibos has none of the bitterness of black tea. It tastes refreshing and mildly sweet and is a great alternative to black tea. Rooibos is also completely natural and does not contain any colouring or preservatives.
The presence of nine trace minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and zinc, makes rooibos tea an ideal thirst quencher. In addition, it is also rich in beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids.
Rooibos is widely available in the UK, both in health food shops and supermarkets.
How to use rooibos in cooking
In addition to being a delicious, refreshing beverage rooibos has many culinary uses.
These rooibos raspberry ice pops make a tasty, low carb snack, perfect to enjoy during summer months.
This pumpkin spice chicken traybake with apples and rooibos is a quick and easy meal idea the whole family will enjoy.
You may also like this dairy free cranberry loaf cake with rooibos!
What’s your favourite way of enjoying rooibos?