Honeybush is another excellent tea from Africa, like Rooibos, it is caffine-free and low in tannins. The taste is sweet with notes of apricot. It contains a high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
It is traditionally used to treat coughs. This can be explained in part, by its content of pinitol, a modified sugar (a methyl group replaces hydrogen in one position of glucose — see diagram below) which is an expectorant.
Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) is a native shrub to the Cape of South Africa. This plant was first documented is the 1700s and since then it has kept a pretty low profile and its use was previously isolated to the natives of the region.
Recently documentation and study of the plant have brought it within radar of the international community. Now large-scale organic crops have replaced wild gathered Honeybush to help curb the exponential demand for this beverage.
Detailed information on Honeybush can be found here.
Honest Tea, located just down the road from us in Bethesda, Maryland, offers an organic, metaefficiently packaged “Haarlem Honeybush” Tea.
The container is made of recycled cardboard. The tea bags are uniquely designed to incorporate their own dipping tag, thus making them completely biodegradable.