Ingredients: Rooibos, calendula petals, pink rose petals, wild malva and artificial tropical fruit flavoring
Robust, thirst quenching, healthy, and caffeine free. A colorful blend of premium rooibos and natural flowers with a complex fruity nectar flavoring. Great for iced tea; recommended to steep for over 10 minutes. Named for it's North Beach cafe inspiration, Paradiso - when served iced - rivals all italian sodas.This Rooibos herbal tea is infused with the delicate scent of blooming calendula and rose petals, if you enjoy classic rose tea, you’ll love the delightful twist that this one is blessed with. Rooibos tea is also an excellent tasty alternative for those in search of a no or low caffeine tea.
Rooibos is also known as “African red tea” or “red tea”. This African grown tea is pronounced “roy-buss” and means “red bush”. This tea can only be grown in the Cedarburg Mountain region north of Cape Town, South Africa. A member of the legume family it’s scientific name is Aspalathus linearis. Rooibos teas are a naturally sweet herbal tea that is also caffeine-free.
Origins of Rooibos Tea
In the late 18th century a Swedish botanist researching in the Cape of South Africa saw the locals brewing an herbal tea from a bush. The South Africans referred to this tea as “rooibos”. By the 1900s, the fermenting process of rooibos was improved by using similar techniques that tea masters used to process green tea in China and Japan.
Rooibos seeds are planted between February and March and are tended to for 18 months before they can be harvested. The bushes are actually green in color (not red). Once harvested the bushes are cut and laid out to dry in South Africa’s intense sunlight. The drying process slowly turns the rooibos into its signature rich dark red color. At this point Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length and then bruised between rollers which triggers the fermentation process. This unleashes its signature flavor and sweet aroma.
Rooibos tea first gained some interest outside of Africa during World War II when it was difficult to import black and green tea from China and Japan.
Rooibos’ export boom began later in the 20th century with first the Germans who craved its unique flavor and this was soon followed by the Brits, Dutch, Japanese and finally us. Up until the turn of this century rooibos tea was very difficult to find in the US due to the apartheid-based trade sanctions on South Africa. In Japan, Rooibos is believed to aid longevity, and is often referred to as Long Life Tea.
Currently almost 15,000 tons of rooibos are harvested each year with about half of that earmarked for export to the progressively health-conscious tea connoisseur. This increased popularity comes from numerous health benefits (including preventing some forms of cancer, improving circulation and relieving stomach issues) that many believe Rooibos tea possesses. But a 2006 published study by researchers at Tufts University found there wasn't any significant peer-reviewed scientific research that showed the bush had any of these claimed beneficial effects on humans. But popular trends and beliefs, as is often the case, are more often driven by word of mouth and anecdotal stories than they are by real science!
It brews similar to Mighty Leaf's African Nectar blend.
All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.
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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. 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 double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]
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