South Africa is not typically a tea growing region, however it is well known for its Rooibos tea. Rooibos is not a tea, as it does not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but rather the Fabaceae family of plants that grow in the natural scrublands of South Africa.

The thin leaves of the shrub are plucked and oxidised during the process, which brings out the reddish colour that is common in Rooibos. Many consumers use it as their drink of preference as it does not contain caffeine and has a low tannin content in comparison to black tea.

Rooibos is endemic to a small area on the Western Cape Province of South Africa and attempts to cultivate the plant in other countries have ended in failure. This makes it truly unique to African culture and trade.

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