Issue 17 - August 2012

News from Rooibos Ltd - read all about:

Read about Rooibos Ltd’s latest harvest, small farmer training initiatives and involvement in the Department of Agriculture’s area planning and land-use programme. Find out about the creative use of Rooibos in healthy drinks, hearty recipes and coffee shops around the world. Also see snippets on research findings, international exhibitions, community support and more. Sit back with a cup of Rooibos and enjoy the read!

  • News
    What's happening at Rooibos Ltd?
    Redbush Tea wins Business in the Community Award
    Rooibospresso - the caffeine free alternative for espresso lovers
    Ready-to-drink Rooibos launched in Taiwan
    Make Vashti Naidoo's Rooibos soap
    Vending machine offers tea for tweets
    Treat yourself to Rooibos-enhanced fine dining at Bushmanskloof
    A spoonful of what does you good

  • Upcoming Events
    Exhibitions
    Freshpak Fitness Festival
  • Community Engagement
    Rooibos Ltd sponsors sports clothing to promote healthy lifestyle
  • Cooking with Rooibos
    Rooibos Malva Pudding
    Rooibos in recipes around the world

  • New Products
    Herbal tea with lemon and lime flavour
    Acerola and Rooibos drink
    Herb tea for metabolism
    Probiotic herb tea for digestive health

  • Health & Research
    Research on Rooibos
    Rooibos Q&A


    Write to us
    We'd like to hear from you, so please share your Rooibos stories with us at info@rooibosltd.co.za
 

What’s happening at Rooibos Ltd?

The last of this season’s Rooibos has been harvested and the company is satisfied with the quality of the 2012 harvest although the quantity could have been higher. So says Johan Brand, Technical Manager of Rooibos Ltd. Meanwhile, Rooibos Ltd is involved in training for small farmers, preparations for an organic Rooibos seedling nursery, and the Department of Agriculture’s Area Planning which includes land-use mapping. Read more.



Redbush Tea wins Business in the Community Award

The Redbush Tea Company Ltd, which supports the indigenous peoples of the Kalahari, recently won the 2012 International Business in the Community Award. The company donates a percentage of its profits to provide the Bushmen in Southern Africa with water, literacy, art and education projects. Read more, and watch short film clip of Redbush Tea’s work.


Rooibosspresso – the caffeine free alternative for espresso lovers

The Italian Lifestyle website unpacks the health benefits of creamy Rooibosspresso – Rooibos espresso made in an espresso machine – and offers it as the ideal alternative for espresso lovers. Also, Rooibos is naturally caffeine free which means it did not go through a decaffeination process which destroys other health properties. Read more.



Ready-to-drink Rooibos launched in Taiwan

Two ready-to-drink Rooibos drinks have been introduced in Taiwan. The one is Original Rooibos while the other one combines Rooibos with Chamomile. Read more.


 

Make Vashti Naidoo’s Rooibos soap

Using Rooibos and recycled teabags, Vashti Naidoo creates beautiful jewellery and soaps while also involving the community. Her creations have been featured on television and at design conferences. Read more about her and find out how to make her Rooibos soap.

Vending machine offers tea for tweets

South African soft drinks company BOS Ice Tea has installed a vending machine which gives customers free Rooibos iced tea samples in return for tweets. Users need to tweet a certain hashtag. When the hashtag appears on Twitter, the vending machine gives out a drink and displays the tweet on a screen on the front panel of the machine. Vending trending! Read more:

Read BBC News article – Vending machine offers tea for tweets.
Read Digital Trends article – Twitter-activated vending machine offers iced tea for tweets.


Treat yourself to Rooibos-enhanced fine dining at Bushmans Kloof

Floris Smith, Assistant GM & Executive Chef at the award-winning Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg mountains, loves to use Rooibos as an ingredient in food preparation at this special lodge. Bushmans Kloof features in Rooibos Ltd’s acclaimed recipe book A touch of Rooibos, while the retreat was also used as a location for filming Rooibos Ltd’s new corporate DVD. Now Bushmans Kloof offers a special Summer Getaway for readers of this newsletter. Read more.


A spoonful of what does you good

"There is a real tea wave going on at the moment.” So says Gina da Silva of The Silva Spoon coffee shop on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Gina serves various kinds of tea and also uses it as an ingredient in her dishes. Her personal favourite is South African Rooibos. Read more.

Exhibitions

Rooibos Ltd will host a stand at COTECA in Hamburg, Germany, from 20 to 22 September 2012. Exhibitors and industry experts attend this specialist coffee, tea and cocoa exhibition to find updated information on market trends and innovation. Rooibos Ltd’s Managing Director, Martin Bergh will give an overview of the Rooibos industry at the COTECA Conference.


Freshpak Fitness Festival

Start preparing for Clanwilliam’s 26th Freshpak Fitness Festival on Saturday 6 October 2012 – the biggest multi-sport event in the Western Cape. This event will once again challenge novices and professionals with swims, runs, duathlons, biathlons and triathlons in the heart of Rooibos country.

Read more.

 

Rooibos Ltd’s sponsors sports clothing to promote healthy lifestyle

Rooibos Ltd recently sponsored clothing for the Clanwilliam Netball Club and track suits for the Top 10 players of the Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium’s netball team.

Clanwilliam Netball Club
Clanwilliam Netball Club
The Top 10 Players of the Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium's Netball Team

 

Rooibos Malva Pudding
Mariëtte Hattingh

MALVA PUDDING
20 ml butter
210 g (250 ml) castor sugar
2 eggs
15 ml smooth apricot jam
5 ml bicarbonate of soda
125 ml lukewarm, strong Rooibos
140 g (250 ml) cake flour
1 ml salt
5 ml white vinegar

ROOIBOS CREAM SAUCE
250 ml cream
150 g (180 ml) white sugar
125 g (135 ml) butter
125 ml hot, strong Rooibos
5 ml vanilla essence

MALVA PUDDING
1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease a 1,5 litre baking tin or dish with butter.
2. Cream the butter and castor sugar together. Whisk in the whole eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition and beat until the mixture is light and foamy.
3. Stir in the jam.
4. Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the lukewarm Rooibos and then stir it into the egg mixture.
5. Sift the flour and salt together and fold it into the egg mixture. Stir in the vinegar.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin or dish and bake for 45 minutes until done.

ROOIBOS CREAM SAUCE
7. Place all the ingredients for the cream sauce in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved. Pour over the hot pudding. Cut 8 individual portions with a cookie cutter.
8. Decorate with icing sugar or spun sugar, and serve with cream sauce and berry sauce.

Serves 8


Rooibos in recipes around the world

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide. Try out Rooibos & Red Curry Bouillabaisse, Walnut Rooibos Tea Loaf, Rooibos Relaxer, Rooibos & Vanilla Jelly and Iced Rooibos Mint Tea. Also make Your Family’s Rooibos and Ginger Panna Cotta, Rooibos and Tuna Mousse with Bruschetta, Rooibos and Apricot Beef Stew, Rooibos Poached Autumn Fruit, and Rooibos Chai Tea. Read more.

Herbal tea with lemon and lime flavour

The Clicks Group has introduced herbal tea with Rooibos, Senna, and lime and lemon oils to support regular bowel movement. Read more.


Acerola and Rooibos drink

DyDo Drinco in Japan has introduced a caffeine free and kilojoule free Acerola and Rooibos drink with hibiscus, lemon balm and peppermint to promote relaxation. Read more.


Herb tea for metabolism

The Republic of Tea, leading tea purveyor in California, launched its Get Burning Herb Tea for Metabolism, which forms part of its Be Active Teas series. This spicy herbal blend contains, among others, organic green Rooibos and it has been formulated to increase the body's metabolism and resistance to stress. Read more.


 

Probiotic herb tea for digestive health

Californian tea purveyor The Republic of Tea recently introduced its Get Probiotic Herb Tea for Digestive Health. This naturally caffeine free and gluten free herbal tea blend is made with sustainable organic red Rooibos, cinnamon and the probiotic GanedenBC30 to support a healthy digestive system. Read more.

 

Research on Rooibos

Rooibos has many proven health properties, but there is still much to be discovered about this unique herbal tea from South Africa. Scientists around the world are investigating its complex composition, chemistry and bioactivity to help consumers understand how Rooibos protects the human body against disease and promotes health and longevity. Some of the recent findings to date are summarised here. To find out more about the link between Rooibos and allergies, inflammation, immunity, stomach cramps and youthfulness, click here.


Rooibos Q&A

Are other herbal teas also caffeine free? What is the best way to store Rooibos? Will storing Rooibos in the freezer have any effect on shelf life and/or other health-promoting properties? Why do some people prefer caffeine free beverages over decaffeinated drinks? What is the maximum shelf life of Rooibos? Click here to find the answers to these questions.