Teas of South Africa

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Rooibos tea plantations near Clanwilliam in the Cederberg area of the Western Cape.

South Africa’s climate, which is temperate and semi-arid, is suitable for the production of two indigenous South African teas, rooibos and honeybush. These two unrelated species are endemic to the Western Cape Province.

Both of these teas can be used as green (unfermented) or as ‘normal’ tea and have medicinal qualities, in part due to high levels of antioxidants.

South Africa also produces a small volume of  ‘true’ tea (Camellia sinensis) in the high rainfall provinces of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

By Marinda Louw

Buchu Tea

Buchu, a fragrant fynbos shrub commonly found in the Cape Floral Kingdom of the Western Cape, has been used for centuries for its medicinal value....more

Honeybush Tea

Honeybush is the name of an indigenous fynbos shrub in South Africa. The plant is a member of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae) family and has yellow flowers that emerge in springtime, usually from September to December....more

Rooibos Tea

The caffeine-free rooibos tea of South Africa, also known as red tea, is reputed to have medicinal properties. Rooibos tea benefits include lowering the incidence of cancer due to its antioxidant properties....more