Favorite Things I

 Whenever people come to Gredemeer, they drink tea.  Not just any tea, though.  It’s the best tea in the world.  Really!  They can have it hot, or cold.  Iced tea is made almost daily and is ever-ready.  A gallon and a half of it.  When the pitcher starts looking like this:
 It’s time to start brewing.   It won’t be long till it’s totally empty.

This tea is special, because it’s something I grew up with.  It’s one of the few things I’ve been able to hold on to or revisit over time.  Not only is the tea delicious, it’s very good for you.  It’s chock full of antioxidants.  That’s not all.  Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) tea has an abundance of other amazing properties.  Rooibos was first documented as far back as 1772.  But it’s healing properties weren’t recognized until much later (1986) when the mother of a colicky baby used it in the baby bottle.  The crying stopped.  Studies were done and it was found that Rooibos has many healing properties.

"Rooibos Tea has a tasty flavor. It doesn’t have any caffeine. It relieves depression. It relieves stress. It even relieves constipation, among a wide variety of other problems ranging from insomnia to colic. It helps you relax at bedtime but also keeps you refreshed during the day. The list of benefits goes on and on, but this herbal tea doesn’t have any negative side effects!"

Here’s the recipe:
Three teabags in the brewer basket.  Add 24 cups of water run through the brewer (with the same teabags)







Add a cup of sugar to the first batch (brewer holds 10 cups) so it can dissolve while it’s hot.


There comes a problem though.  When you open up the box and it looks like this:


Then it’s time to log on to African Hut and place another order.  You could go to some trendy place and buy it like this or like this.  But why spend that much for so little, when you can get

80 teabags imported from the very place it’s produced in the format traditionally used and loved for a fraction of the cost? 

Any way you prepare it, Rooibos Tea hits the spot.    Stop by for some delicious, soothing, aromatic and wonderful Rooibos Tea.  Hot or cold.  With milk or mint or not.  You’re welcome any time.




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6 Responses to “Favorite Things I”

  1. Louise Says:

    I hate tea. Would I have to drink tea if I came? Are you convinced I would like it?

    All that negativity aside, this is a very nice and informative post, and I’m sure most of the population reading it is more “normal” than me and will rush online and buy some rooibos tea!

  2. Angel Says:

    I still drink this stuff. What’s odd (at least to me) I found someone else that knows what it is…and she’s from CO. Go figure. Anyway – we enjoy our tea cold…thank you very much.

  3. Lady Fi Says:

    We love Roiboos – discovered it in South Africa back in 2001 and have been drinking it ever since.

  4. Lily Says:

    I finally found me some of this tea & I love it!
    I just did a post about it on my blog.
    Thanks RFC!

  5. Lily Says:

    P.S. Did you mean 24 cups or 24 oz.?

  6. Reluctantfarmchik Says:

    Lily – 24 cups if the water is good and hot. Actually, you can steep 3 bags in 12 cups of hot water. Add sugar at this point. Then add additional cold water. Depends on how strong you like your tea.

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