Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a shrubby plant that grows exclusively in southwestern South Africa. The dried leaves are traditionally used to make tisanes that have no caffeine and fewer tannins than black tea. Although there is a non-oxidized version of rooibos (akin to green tea), the most common oxidized variety is mahogany in color with a naturally sweet, woody, tobacco-y flavor. As for the health benefits, rooibos is high in antioxidants and purported uses include acne, aging, asthma, cancer, and insomnia.
• Iced Ginger Chai from Elana's Pantry
• Apricot Rooibos Flurry from Return To The Garden
• Tea Cookies with Rooibos Sugar from Tasting Table
• Rooibos Butternut "Pizzettas" from Sunset
• Beef Braised in Rooibos Tea from Manu's Menu
Buy it: Organic Fair Trade Rooibos at Arbor Teas
Do you drink rooibos? What's your favorite kind?