Survey reveals how South Africans enjoy Rooibos the most

In August this year, the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) sent out its Heritage Month Survey to 1 000 South Africans from diverse cultures and ages to determine how the consumption of uniquely South African Rooibos has changed in recent years.

Rooibos – a uniquely South African story

This blog on the MyKitchen website provides a beautiful overview of the Rooibos story – from how it became part of the tea-drinking culture in the Cederberg region during the 19th century to finding ways to germinate Rooibos seeds in the 1930s.

What are the expectations for this year’s Rooibos harvest?

The recent drought negatively impacted the production of Rooibos. As a result, the demand for Rooibos exceeded supply, and Rooibos prices increased. This influenced the domestic market where price sensitivity decreased the demand for Rooibos by 30% over the past three years. During the same period, the demand for Rooibos in Japan increased by 100%.

China’s first Rooibos Experience Bar

China’s first Rooibos Experience Bar has been opened at the Royce Hotel in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district. Visitors are encouraged to come on over and experience a range of Rooibos cocktails and flavoured teas.

How tea has empowered women through the ages

For centuries, drinking tea has played a central role in the lives of women across the globe. Women like British born Mary Tuke (1725-72) was among the first tea merchants to build a chain of tea stores.

How Rooibos can help to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies

Prof Jonny Peter, Head of the Allergy and Immunology Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute, told CapeTalk’s #WeekendBreakfast host Africa Melane about the studies they are conducting to determine the impact of Rooibos on allergic inflammation. Laboratory studies have shown Rooibos has a positive effect on allergy-prone cells.