Rooibos history - African tea
A couple of significant dates for Rooibos
Rooibos is not tea is a different plant. It does not grow anywhere other than the Cederberg mountain range in South Africa. Attempts to grow Rooibos in other countries have not been successful.
Rooibos is a shrub with green leaves that turn red after fermentation. Rooibos means from Afrikaans - red bush.
About the history of Rooibos
Until the 17th century
... infusion of rooibos leaves is used by local Khoisan tribes. How long is currently unknown.
1660: First Europeans appear in the Cederberg mountains.
1700-1800: Migrants and settlers in the Cederberg region start drinking an infusion of fermented rooibos leaves instead of tea.
1904: Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant starts trading Rooibos from local farmers in Europe. Ginsberg came from a family that had been making tea for over 100 years and popularized the drink heavily. International Rooibos Day - January 16, coincides with his birthday for a reason.
1939 -1945: During World War II, when it was almost impossible to import tea from Asian countries, Rooibos became an excellent alternative. However, the drink was not super popular due to a relatively weak industry, a shortage of plants, and, as a result, a high price.
1968: Annick Theron (South African researcher) publishes a book on the amazing benefits of Rooibos tea. Since the book's release, hundreds of articles have been devoted to the antioxidants in Rooibos and other health benefits.
With this new medical understanding, the explosive popularity of Rooibos Tea around the world began and continues to this day. About the history of Rooibos Tea.