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.
1973Personality 26 Jan. 88A few years ago Mrs Annekie Theron made the amazing discovery that Rooibosch tea alleviated milk allergies in infants.
1973S. Afr. Panorama Apr. 15Rooibos tea, also known as Rooi tea, Naald tea or Speld tea (Needle tea) and Koopmans tea (merchants tea) can be divided into four main groups: Rooi tea (Red tea), Swart tea (Black tea), Rooi-bruin tea (Red-brown tea) and the Vaal tea (Hottentot tea) type.
1980Sunday Times 11 July 1Hundreds of hardened rooibos drinkers in the City were aghast yesterday at the news that rooibos production was down to 50 per cent of demand.
1985Style Dec. 139The tea is very good and though there is only a choice between Indian and rooibos there are excellent plain or wholewheat scones.
1990Pace May 117Rooibos tea is a completely natural product with no additives or harmful sustances such as caffeine.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 102‘This is bush-tea,’ Frank told him. ‘It’s made from South African bushes called rooibos’.
1975Tvl Post 25 Oct. 10The Rooibos shrub is grown commercially in the Western Cape and is used to brew a tannin-free tea. It is also known as Bush tea and Heuning tee.
1982K. Sutton inE. Prov. Herald 24 Sept.He described rooibos as a plant ‘you can make friends with and find it very much obliging’.
1984A. WannenburghNatural Wonder of Sn Afr. 72The rooibos tea shrub, Aspalathus linearis, a legume with small yellow pea flowers that grows in the Cedarburg, has been domesticated for half a century and is widely used as a stimulant-free substitute for tea.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 30Most South Africans know rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis).
1989Farmer’s Weekly 13 Oct. 27Fungal diseases of rooibos tea will devastate the whole industry unless producers modify their farming practices...Rooibos-tea seeds are sown from February to March each year.
1958S. CloeteMask 184The veld changed. There were more trees — rooibos, seringa and vaalbos.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 244Rooibos, This is a small deciduous tree, sometimes a bush, common in the Transvaal bushveld.
1965P. BaragwanathBrave Remain 142It was rapidly becoming dark but they used a cattle track and by the time it petered out they were through the hardekool and into the rooibos trees which have no thorns.
1975S. Afr. Panorama May 37This is the domain of mopane, knobthorn,..rooibos (red bush-willow).
1977F.G. ButlerKaroo Morning 89Special suits of harness..had been made for them from leather cured by old Langjan himself, who used pounded mesembrianthemum to remove the hair, and rooibos for tanning.
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