1889‘A Housewife of the Colony’Col. Hsehold Guide 12The Cape bush tea is better when used alone for being made in an earthenware teapot; it requires being stewed awhile before using.
1902‘X.C.’Everyday Life in Cape Col. 122In most of these Colonial stores ‘bush’ tea can be bought. It costs sixpence a pound, looks like the clippings of a privet hedge, including the twigs, and is said to be a tonic.
1907J.P. FitzpatrickJock of Bushveld 81We had..nothing to drink but bush tea — that is, tea made from a certain wild shrub with a very strong scent.
1916Farmer’s Weekly 20 Dec. 1472 (advt)Supplied direct to the consumer. Raisins, Dried Fruits, Bush Teas, Grape Vinegar.
1928N. StevensonAfr. Harvest 12The English and Dutch nations were blending extraordinarly well, as, for instance, China and busch tea blended to give an excellent flavour.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 324Bush Tea (Rooibosch tea), Aspalathus sp. obtained from the Cederberg is quite generally used in the Western Province as a beverage and possesses recognized tonic properties.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 55Bush tea is popular in the fashionable cafes of the United States. They call it ‘Kaffir tea’ over there.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 36Rooibos (bush) tea was another popular line carried by the vrugtesmous, a very cheap and healthy herb from the Cedarberg and elsewhere, much used by our farmers in sickness and in health.
1979Heard & FaullOur Best Trad. Recipes (1979) 19As for South Africans today, many like to mix bush tea with ordinary tea, anything up to half of each; while thousands drink it as their forefathers did.
1982Fox & Norwood YoungFood from Veld 225Other edible Fabaceae (Leguminosae):..The ‘bush tea’ with the finest aroma is said to be Cyclopia buxifolia...Aspalathus linearis..is used as a ‘bush tea’ in the Piquetberg district.
1989J. HobbsThoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 17They crooked their little fingers above their mug handles and took dainty sips with pursed lips at their strong sweet bush tea, just as her mother did at her fine Ceylon.
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