Issue 10 - November 2010

News from Rooibos Ltd - read all about:

Read about prospects for the Rooibos industry 2011 and about Rooibos producer Niklaas Slinger who has won the Emerging Farmer of the Year Award. See interesting snippets on how Rooibos is used around the world – for both people and pets – and find out what the latest research says about the health benefits of Rooibos. Happy reading!

  • News
    The turn of the Rooibos cycle
    Rooibos producer Niklaas Slinger wins top award
    Video clip: Do you know the world's second most consumed beverage?
    African Business Journal praises Rooibos
    Rooibos launches Espresso Rosso at SIAL, France

    Interzoo
    Freshpak Fitness Festival 2010 challenges professionals and amateurs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Community Involvement
    Rooibos supplies Essex Cricket Club with gear
    Rooibos supports Sunflower Foundation and Bandana Day

  • Cooking with Rooibos
    Rooibos Fillet
    Chocolate-chip, Apple & Rooibos Soufflé
  • New Products
    Rooibos Espresso - a healthy alternative espresso beverage
    Dutch company Sonnigdal launches organic Rooibos range

    Fair Cape debuts new Rooibos shot yoghurt
    Freshpak's speciality teas put vitality back into your lifestyle
    BOS - ice tea with attitude
    True Tea launches Green Rooibos ice tea in Czech Republic
    Twinings introduces African Rooibos tea in K-cups
    Purity launches Rooibos & Ginger tea for pregnant women
  • Health
    Rooibos research worldwide
    The role of Rooibos in fighting skin cancer
    Saving my skin at the top of the world
  • Tips
    Rooibos Q&As

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

The turn of the Rooibos cycle

South African exporters will remember 2010 as the year in which currencies played havoc with their businesses. The strong Rand and overproduction of Rooibos caused producer prices to drop below the direct cost of production, which is not sustainable. However, 2011 will see the first increase in the price of bulk Rooibos for many years, says Rooibos Ltd MD Martin Bergh. Read more.


Rooibos producer Niklaas Slinger wins top award

Rooibos producer Niklaas Slinger of De Lille Boerdery in the Nardouwsberg area near Clanwilliam won Agricultural Writers SA’s Emerging Farmer of the Year competition. He received his award at a gala event in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 12 November. Read more below.
Success Story: Experience takes Niklaas to the top – Farming SA
Opkomende Boer van die Jaar was eers ’n plaaswerker
Wes-Kaapse Opkomende Boer van die Jaar

Voorste boere kry gesogte pryse

From left: JP Theron, industry, Johan Brand, Rooibos Ltd, Andries Slinger (son), Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, and Niklaas Slinger with his award.

Video clip: Do you know the world’s second most consumed beverage?

Wy Livingstone from Colorado-based Wystone’s World Teas explains the health benefits of Rooibos in this video clip – Do You Know the 2nd Most Consumed Beverage in the World? – featured on KDVR. Watch video clip


African Business Journal praises Rooibos

“Rooibos Limited is the biggest and best supplier of any form of Rooibos raw material to major companies in the world and we intend on growing the market as well as we can.” So says the November 2010 edition of the African Business Journal.

Read article


Rooibos launches Espresso Rosso at SIAL, France

Rooibos Ltd launched its Espresso Rosso during the SIAL exhibition in Paris, France, in October this year.


Interzoo

Animalzone, a South African company which undertakes research and manufactures veterinary products, introduced its Pet Line Vita Tea for parrots and parakeets at the Interzoo exhibition in Germany earlier this year. Vita Tea contains Rooibos and Honeybush.


Freshpak Fitness Festival 2010 challenges professionals and amateurs

On Saturday, 2 October 2010 cyclists, runners and swimmers flocked to Clanwilliam for the 24th annual Freshpak Fitness Festival featuring a duathlon, a biathlon, a triathlon, a long swim and a Fit Kids event. Click here to find out who the winners were.

Events to look out for:

16 - 19 February: Biofach, Nürnberg, Germany
27 February - 2 March: Gulfood, Dubai, UAE
1 - 4 March: Foodex Japan, Chiba City, Japan
11 - 13 March: Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, USA
21 - 23 March: Tea & Coffee World Cup Asia, Singapore

Rooibos supplies Essex Cricket Club with gear

In September this year, Rooibos Ltd’s Marketing Director Arend Redelinghuys donated gear to the Clanwilliam Essex Cricket Club. The equipment included bats, guards and gloves. Read more.

From left: Albertus Lewies (vice-chairman), Nicky Crosney (club chairman), Arend Redelinghuys (Rooibos Ltd) and Recharlton Slinger (club secretary).


Rooibos supports Sunflower Foundation and Bandana Day

In October this year, staff members of Rooibos Ltd showed their support of National Sunflower Bandana Day by wearing bandanas to work. Why this initiative? To make people aware that they can save lives by becoming bone marrow donors. As only 1 out of every 100 000 people qualify as donors, the Sunflower Fund encourages people to get tested and register as donors. Find more information at www.sunflowerfund.org.za

Rooibos Fillet
Eric Dyakopu

FILLET
4 x 200 g beef fillet
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
500 ml cold, strong Rooibos
4 bay leaves
10 juniper berries

FILLING
40 ml butter
2 onions, chopped
200 g portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 bunch spinach, coarsely chopped
10 peppadews, chopped
150 g mozzarella cheese, grated

POTATO GALETTE
4 potatoes, peeled and sliced in 2 mm thick slices
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
250 ml fresh cream
100 g Parmesan cheese, grated

SAUCE
30 ml butter
1 onion, chopped
10 Peppadews, chopped
200 ml hot, strong Rooibos
200 ml cream

FILLET
1. Season the fillet with salt and pepper, and place in a plastic container. Add the cold Rooibos, bay leaves and juniper berries, and marinate overnight. Drain the fillet, and make an incision from the one side to open it (butterfly). Keep aside.

FILLING
2. Heat the butter in a frying pan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the mushrooms and sauté until most of the liquid evaporates. Add the spinach and sauté until just wilted. Add the Peppadews and remove from the stove. When cold, mix in the mozzarella cheese.
3. Place the filling on the opened fillet, close and tie with rope or secure with toothpicks to keep its shape.

POTATO GALETTE
4. Preheat the oven to 160 °C. Place the potato slices in a greased, shallow ovenproof dish. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the cream over and sprinkle with the cheese.
5. Bake until the potato is cooked and golden brown on top.

SAUCE
6. Heat the butter in a small saucepan and sauté the onion until golden brown. Add the Peppadews and stir in the Rooibos to deglaze the saucepan. Simmer to reduce by one third. Then add the cream and season to taste.
7. Fry the stuffed fillet in a very hot griddle pan until medium rare.
8. Serve the fillet with the potato galette and the sauce. Garnish with fresh rosemary and coriander leaves.

Serves 4

 


 

Chocolate-Chip, Apple & Rooibos Soufflé
Clinton Bonhomme

400 g fresh Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
200 g (250 ml) granulated sugar
3 Rooibos tea bags
100 g (110 ml) butter, melted
75 g (90 ml) castor sugar
200 g egg whites (about 6 eggs)
pinch of salt
80 g good-quality chocolate, chopped
icing sugar, for dusting

1. Place the apples, sugar and Rooibos tea bags into a medium-sized saucepan, cover with the lid and simmer over medium heat to allow the liquid from the apples and tea bags to infuse. Remove the tea bags from the saucepan after 10 minutes.
2. Remove the lid and simmer until the liquid is reduced slightly (the sugar should be a straw-like colour). Remove from the heat and allow too cool. While still slightly warm, blend the mixture to form a smooth purée.
3. Preheat the oven to 190 °C.
4. Grease 6 ramekins well with the melted butter. Place 15 ml castor sugar in the base of each ramekin, shaking it around until the inside of each container is completely coated with the sugar (this will help the soufflé climb the sides of the dish during baking). Place the ramekins in the refrigerator to allow the butter to harden.
5. In a large, clean bowl, free from any oil or fat, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until the whites have doubled in size.
6. Weigh out 150 g of the apple-Rooibos purée. Take one-third of the egg whites and beat it into the 150 g apple-Rooibos purée to loosen it. Then fold the rest of the egg whites and the chocolate chips into the purée.
7. Scoop the mixture into the ramekins so that it is level with the rim. Run your thumb around the rim to ensure the mixture rises evenly when baking.
8. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and dust with icing sugar.
9. Serve immediately with the Rooibos Ice-Cream (see page 122).

Serves 6

Rooibos espresso – a healthy alternative espresso beverage

Rooibos Ltd developed Rooibos espresso pods which can be used in espresso machines to make the perfect drink in restaurants or at home. The new Rooibos pod was recently launched at the international food and beverage exhibition SIAL in Paris, France, where thousands of trade visitors were pleasantly surprised with this healthy alternative espresso beverage. Read more.

Dutch company Sonnigdal launches organic Rooibos range

Sonnigdal introduced various beautifully packaged Rooibos products in The Netherlands earlier this year: Natural Rooibos, Rooibos with lemon, Rooibos with vanilla, Rooibos with fresh mint, Rooibos with berries, and Heuningbos. Find more details at www.sonnigdal.nl.

Sonnigdal gaat biologisch in passend jasje


Fair Cape debuts new Rooibos shot yoghurt

In October this year, Fair Cape Dairies launched Rooiboost, a new low-fat drinking yoghurt which provides the suggested daily intake of six cups of Rooibos tea in a single and convenient 100 ml shot, and which rests on a cancer-prevention health premise. It carries the endorsement of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). Read more.

Freshpak’s speciality teas put vitality back into your lifestyle

South African Rooibos brand Freshpak developed three exciting new speciality teas: Freshpak Shape which contains the natural appetite suppressant Hoodia, Freshpak Digestion which contains Senna, and Freshpak Energy which includes Ginseng to boost energy. Read more.

BOS – ice tea with attitude

BOS Ice Tea comes from the creators of the famous Afro Coffee & Tea brand and represents an authentic, contemporary and confident South Africa. Beautifully packaged in slim-line cans and ticking all the health boxes BOS combines Rooibos with interesting flavours and ingredients in two ranges: BOS Classic and BOS Utility. Read more.

Try a snazzy can of BOS
BOS – not just an ice tea


True Tea launches Green Rooibos ice tea in Czech Republic

The company True Tea in the Czech Republic recently launched bottled Green Rooibos ice tea. www.truetea.cz

Twinings introduces African Rooibos tea in K-cups

Twinings of London packaged Rooibos in K-cups which can be used in any style or model of Keurig brewing machines for a single serving of healthy, hot Rooibos. Read more.

Purity launches Rooibos & Ginger tea for pregnant women

Baby food experts Purity now offers a new product for pregnant women: Mama Organic Rooibos & Ginger Tea. It is made from soothing Rooibos and has more flavour and nutrients than normal tea. Read more.
Rooibos research worldwide

This useful article summarises international research on the health properties of Rooibos to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer, bowel disease, respiratory disease and high blood pressure. This research was conducted in Germany, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Pakistan, Sweden, Italy and the Slovak Republic. Read more.


The role of Rooibos in fighting skin cancer

Research on mice indicates that Rooibos can help to prevent skin cancer. Read more.

Saving my skin at the top of the world

Health expert Dr Al Sears, who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, discusses toxic chemicals in skin care products and the health benefits of Rooibos as alternative in these products. Read more.

Rooibos Q&As

Is it beneficial to steep and reheat Rooibos several times? Does the antioxidant activity increase when steeped for more than 10 minutes? Does Rooibos contain Vitamin C? What about Vitamin E? Is Rooibos high or low in sodium? Is this good or bad from a nutritional point of view? Click here for the answers.

   

 

   

 

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