What are the origins of the infusion we know as Rooibos tea?
The SA Rooibos Council commissioned historian Boris Gorelik to investigate records on the earliest use of the Rooibos plant. He found that the colonial-era settlers could have learnt about some of the plant's properties from pastoralists and hunter-gatherers in the Cederberg region.
However, as far as Rooibos tea is concerned, "it is more logical to place its origin in the context of the global expansion of tea trade and the colonial habit of drinking tea. In this case, the Rooibos infusion served as a local replacement for the expensive Asian product."