Ingredients From: South Africa
Grade: Choice Grade #1
Cup Characteristics: Memories of pumpkin pie with a zesty finish.
Infusion: Bright, coppery colour.
Antioxidant / Caffeine Level: Caffeine free herb / Low
Luxury Organic Ingredients: Rooibos, Ginger, Apple pieces, Honeybush, Green rooibos, Safflower + Calendula petals, Natural flavors
If an apple a day will keep the Dr. away, what will Apple Ginger Rooibos, with a side dose of Honeybush, do for you? Let’s check it out.
For starters: Rooibos. First harvested by the Bantu people of South Africa centuries ago, mineral-rich Rooibos offers a solid dose of polyphenols with anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic properties. (Interestingly, for a period in the 1940’s, it also laid claim to having the most expensive seeds in the world.)
Next up is apple… and what can’t they do? With their impressive vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, apples are though to improve intestinal health, clean teeth, ,treat anemia, even help prevent heart disease. (There’ a reason the old expression above exists!)
Carrying on… another South African favorite, Honeybush adds a honey-like flavor and aroma to the blend – along with a host of additional health benefits. According to natural health practitioners, drinking honeybush can lower blood sugar, calm the nerves, and ease the symptoms of menopause.
Finally, we come to ginger, one of nature’s most powerful natural remedies. Known to contain gingerol, a substance with powerful healing qualities, ginger has been used for millenia to treat everything from nausea to morning sickness, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, chronic indigestion, lower cholesterol and more.
If Apple Ginger Rooibos is starting to sound like medicine, have no fear – it tastes like Heaven. Woven with rich, spicy sweet notes layered over mellow herbaceous tones, apple ginger rooibos is a delicious as it is nourishing. A cup a day’ll do ya.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 2 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-8 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea, 12 tea bags or 12 Q3 single serve packets into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 2 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)
ANTIOXIDANT BENEFIT: More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and the more tea or rooibos that is used, the greater the antioxidant benefit.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF. Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF.