6th
Aug
2013

Posted in Kafevend Blog

It's time for a tisane- woah there, calm yourselves. I can see you're getting exited. Why not take a breather before you proceed to read about the magnificence that is honeybush tea. I feel duty bound to point out that honey does not figure in any way in this particular tea- the honeybush is named as such for its fragrance which is similar to honey. Whilst I have not had the pleasure of tasting honeybush tea, I have it on good authority that it tastes similar to rooibos tea, though slightly sweeter. Having not tasted rooibos tea either, I must admit to lacking an initial frame of reference.

Like rooibos tea, honeybush tea is found in South Africa. Of around twemty four species of honeybush found there, five are predominantly used for its production. Interestingly, some of the species have proved resistant to cultivation and as such must be harvested in the wild. There are two methods for processing the plant; both feature an oxidation stage, with one relying on the sun and the other, more modern method using heated tanks. The traditional method also cuts and bruises the leaves before the oxidation.

Honeybush possesses a number of chemical compounds that have received varying amounts of scientific study into their potential health properties. Compounds like flavones, isoflavones and mangiferin present in honeybush have potential cancer fighting abilities, so the old Chinese proverb, "Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary", could well be the case with honeybush tea.

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