Why Buy Red Teas?
Red tea, also known by the name Rooibos tea after the plant it is derived from, originated in South Africa. Perhaps surprisingly, the rooibos plant is actually green in color, not red. The needles of the rooibos bush are cut up and undergo a process of oxidation, which creates its reddish-orange color. This oxidation process is similar to the process that is conducted for other teas, and is how most of the teas flavor develops. Red tea is also occasionally referred to as honeybush or red bush tea due to its naturally sweet flavor profile. The name Rooibos comes from the Afrikaans for 'red bush'.
Red tea is known to be high in anti-oxidants, which is why a number of people will steep it for its health benefits. Red tea has also been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory properties which makes it the perfect sick day tea; just add honey, lemon, and ginger to help fight back all symptoms of a cold. Red tea is also the perfect way to help kick your coffee habit! Red tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea that takes milk and sugar similar to coffee and black teas, which makes it an easy switch in your diet.