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This is what honeybush?


(in English below)

We all know maybe a lot about rooibos, but not much onhoneybush. We want to give you clear facts about this mysterious herb called "honey bush."

"Indigenous peoples Khoisan had the habit of drinking honeybush for centuries ..."

What is that?

Honeybush (Cyclopia) or Afrikaans "heuningbos" means "fine bush". It grows in South Africa, with beautiful yellow flowers with a woody stem. Indigenous peoples Khoisan had the habit of drinking honeybush for centuries as a medicinal tea to fight against coughs and other respiratory infections.

How honeybush tea taste?

However, the first thing that everyone keeps asking, "Is that the tea tastes like honey?" At first, you may feel a woody taste, but later a still small taste of honey.

A little history

The first traces of honeybush date back to 1705 and appeared later in 1770 on texts written by a Swedish botanist Carl Peter Thunberg who visited the Cape. The journey of Cyclopia plant continues and, thanks to scientific research conducted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the first commercial harvest Honeybush was established in 1996. Today, Honeybush demand continues to grow as more and more people are discovering this amazing plant with the smell of honey. .

Classification of plants

It is found in nature 23 varieties of honeybush teas but only 3 planted for commercial purposes. These are:

-Cyclopia intermedia ( "Bergtee") or mountain tea, harvested every two or three years, mainly in nature.

-Cyclopia genistoides ( "Kustee") or Coastal and TeaCyclopia subternata ( "Vleitee") located in the Overberg region to Langkloof and grown on 200 hectares of land.

Harvest time

Regarding production, 70% of honeybush come from remote areas and only 30% of plantations. This shrub planted in full sun and well-drained soil. People are starting to reap between July and October before the flowers begin to appear, but the exact time depends on the type.

Significant health effects of tea honeybush

The best reason to start drinking honeybush every day is that you begin to have a night of better sleep, less stress and improved thanks to seasonal allergies.

"The roots are those that give honeybush an interesting taste."

How long to brew?

Initially, brewing, we used the roots and flowers that were fermented before use. Now for tea, it only needs roots. The roots are those that give honeybush an interesting taste. To prepare a cup of healthy and tasty drink, we suggest you put 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup, fill it with boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. You can also find sources suggesting a brewing time of 5 minutes or even 15 minutes.

Brewing Suggestions

Honeybush is a scented tea, but you can use in different ways. For example, as an iced tea or a mixture of milk and honey, keep it in the fridge to enjoy the cold in warm weather. Otherwise, honeybush is always perfect hot or at room temperature. The next option would be that after the brewing process, tea is allowed to cool, then mixed fresh fruit juice of your choice. About the factory Cyclopia contained no caffeine. It is a safe drink for people sensitive to caffeine and even for children at night.

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Sneak peek is what is honeybush

We all might know about rooibos Many Things goal not that much about honeybush. We want to give you clear facts about this mysterious herb qui s'intitule after-honey.

What is it?

Honeybush (Cyclopia) gold in Afrikaans "heuningbos" means "fine bush." ​​This plant is growing in South Africa and HAS beautiful yellow flowers with a woody stem. Khoisan indigenous peoples used to drink honeybush for centuries as a medicinal tea to fight cough and other respiratory infections.

"... is honeybush taste like honey? Yes, it tastes like this .. Slightly."

How honeybush tea tastes?

Nevertheless number one thing everybody keeps asking, “is honeybushtaste like honey?” Yes, it slightly tastes like this but mostly feeling of honey in the tea comes from aroma which plant produces. At first sip, you might feel woody flavor but later comes smooth and light taste.

A bit of history

First records of honeybush have dates to the year 1705 and later appeared in 1770, in texts written by a Swedish botanist Carl Peter Thunberg who traveled to Cape Town. The journey of Cyclopia plant continues, and thanks to South African National Biodiversity Institute scientific research, the first commercial harvest of honeybush established in 1996. Nowadays, demand on honeybush keeps growing as more and more people keep discovering this amazing plant with the smell of honey.

Plant classification

In nature can be found 23 varieties of honeybush but only 3 planted for commercial purposes. These are:

- Cyclopia intermedia (“Bergtee” )or Mountain tea, harvested every second or third year, mostly from the wilderness.

- Cyclopia genistoides (“Kustee”)or Coastal Tea and Cyclopia subternata (“Vleitee”)located in the area from Overberg to Langkloof and cultivated on 200 hectares of land.

 

Harvest period 

When it comes to production, 70% of honeybush is coming from remote regions and only 30% from plantations. This bush planted in the full sun and well-drained soil. People start harvesting it between July to October before flowers begin to appear, but the exact time depends on its type.

Noticeable honeybush tea health effects

The best reason to start drinking honeybush every day is that you will begin having a night of better sleep, less stress, and improvement with seasonal allergies.

"Honeybush is a fragrant tea, but you can consume in different ways."

How long to brew?

Initially for brewing has been used roots and flowers which were fermented before use, now for the tea we only need roots. Roots are the one which brings honeybush interesting taste.

To make a cup of tasty and healthy drink, we suggest putting 1tbs of honeybush for 1mug, fill with boiling water, and let it infuse for 10 minutes. You might also find some sources which suggest brewing time 5 minutes or even 15 minutes.

Brewing suggestions

Honeybush is a fragrant tea, but you can consume in different ways. For example, like an iced tea or mix it with milk and honey, keep in the fridge to enjoy it cold on a hot day. Otherwise, honeybush is always perfect warm or at room temperature. Next option would be is that after the infusing process letting tea to cool down and then mix with the fresh juice of your choice. By the way, Cyclopia plant didn’t contain caffeine, so it’s safe to drink for caffeine-sensitive people and even for the kids in the evening.

 

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    Thanks SAHTA for these wonderful images and Claire Woodsfor beautiful picture of honeybush.

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