Canton Rooibos Glow: benefits, flavour and origin
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If you’re yet to discover rooibos, one sip will have you hooked, which is why it’s one of our most popular ingredients with a rich history worth sharing. This new blend was developed not only for its delicious flavour, but because it draws in ingredients rich in antioxidants, which are highly prized for their health benefits.
The arid and rocky climate of Wuppertal in South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains makes the ideal growing conditions for this rooibos. It grows untamed and wild like tall grass and, at harvest, the pickers carry huge armfuls of the rooibos back to the estate to be processed by hand. The co-operative is only small and it’s run by the local people. The rooibos we source from this co-op is unique to this region and this particular bush. Once the rooibos is picked, it’s dried in the sun, which oxidises it – taking it from green to a lovely red colour and giving it a rich sun-baked quality.
Honeybush, sourced from the same co-operative as the rooibos, makes a special addition to this infusion. It offers a delicious layer of sweetness, perfectly complementing the rich, caramel, date flavour of the rooibos. The full-bodied sweetness of the honeybush rounds out the smooth, gentle flavour of the rooibos to give the infusion another layer of complexity beyond the taste of dried fruit and vanilla. The final addition of spearmint gives this blend an uplifting twist – all the flavours all come together beautifully to create an incredibly refreshing infusion made for drinking at any time of day as it’s naturally caffeine-free. Enjoy it to rehydrate in the morning and to help put the spring in your step, as an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening tonic at the end of a long day.
Rooibos, honeybush and spearmint are antioxidant-rich ingredients, and were the inspiration for the name of this blend. The benefits associated with antioxidants make ‘glow’ the perfect descriptor, as they are linked to skin and hair health as well as many general health benefits for the heart and liver. Plus, rooibos is low in tannins, which can affect your iron absorption. Anxiety-sufferers will be thankful for the lack of caffeine, as it can exacerbate the symptoms and interfere with a good night’s sleep. Rooibos has also been said to encourage a faster metabolism. But, all these benefits aside, Canton Rooibos Glow is a delightful infusion that will warm you to the core.