The Joys of Rooibos


Rooibos (Anglicized pronunciation: roy-bos means”red bush” and is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa’s fynbos.

The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), or simply rooibos. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. It is sometimes spelled rooibosch in accordance with the old Dutch etymology.

How popular is this relative newcomer to the tea scene? According to some sources, its popularity has increased exponentially in part because of some of the health CLAIMS associated with the tea.

At TYF, rooibos teas take up most of one full shelf including FOURTEEN separate blends from everything as basic as Rooibos vanilla to the exotic and pleasing Fireside Chat, a tea of such complexity that any critic can find something to love. This morning I am enjoying a cup of “Winter Chocolate” and the delightful top notes of ginger and cocoa are not wasted on me. If you have not tried a rooibos tea, you owe it to yourself to do so. Right here in McConnellsburg. Right here at Tickle Your Fancy. I’m waiting . . .:)

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