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 (roi′bôs′, -bŏs′)
A South African shrub (Aspalathus linearis) in the pea family, having green needlelike leaves that turn red when oxidized and dried and are widely used to make tea.

[Afrikaans : rooi, red (from Middle Dutch, root; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + bos, shrub, forest (from Middle Dutch bosch, woods, forest; akin to English bush).]
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1. (Plants) South African an evergreen shrub of South Africa cultivated for tea leaves
2. (Cookery) another name for rooibos tea
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Noun1.rooibos - South African shrub having flat acuminate leaves and yellow flowersrooibos - South African shrub having flat acuminate leaves and yellow flowers; leaves are aromatic when dried and used to make an herbal tea
Aspalathus, genus Aspalathus - genus of South African heathlike shrubs
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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A popular drink and food ingredient in South Africa since the 1930s, rooibos has been successfully marketed in Europe, Japan and the United States over the past few years, with exports growing fast.
Rooibos is becoming a big deal in Japan -- one of the largest tea-drinking nations in the world -- with exports of our indigenous tea hitting record highs in 2018.
There were four different teas provided during the program as samples, which were Ice Wine (Caffeinated: White flavored tea), Astragalus Root (Caffeine free: Ayurvedic/health), Sleep Ease (Caffeine free: Ayurvedic/health) and Butter Rum (Caffeine free: Rooibos).
Global demand for rooibos tea is increasing whereas yields are decreasing in the primary production area of Clanwilliam, South Africa.
There are many other types of teas and infusions using various other plants, such as Aspalathus linearis, which is better known as 'rooibos' or 'redbush.' In this spotlight, we'll give you an overview of the top five teas that can benefit your health.
The effect of drying Muscat grapes on a bed of straw and rooibos tea is added flavour and sweetness.
South African: When brewed, rooibos looks like a cup of traditional black leaf tea and has a mild, pleasant taste.
GC Tea consists of five different herbs, i.e., green tea, Gymnema sylvestre, mulberry leaf, rooibos tea, and stevia.
3, which has its roots in London dry style, but incorporates new world botanicals of citrus and cardamom that play beautifully with the honeyed floral notes of the Rooibos tea-infused gin.
Amber Sun combines turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon.
Available in a traditional premium loose leaf black tea and a refreshing loose leaf herbal infusion built on red Rooibos. Based on the traditional American South's sweet tea, this tea is blended with black tea (Assam) and filled with luscious berry notes with elderberry, hibiscus, rosehips and pineapple.