Green Rooibos

 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 

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About Green Rooibos

Loose-leaf green rooibos, small, pale yellow-green twigs with a few bronze-colored ones mixed inLoos-leaf green rooibos. Photo © Badagnani, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Green rooibos, sometimes called green bush, is rooibos that has been processed similarly to green tea, so as to stop the oxidation that would lead to its turning into red rooibos. Because the process used to make red rooibos is so simple (unlike the processes used to make black tea), and the process used in making green rooibos is more complex, green rooibos tends to be more expensive than red.

Green rooibos has a light, straw-like color and an aroma that is often described as being "fresher" than red rooibos. Green rooibos is a recent invention that arose when people who had knowledge of methods of producing green tea began producing rooibos; traditionally all rooibos was red.

Typically, green rooibos ends up with some pieces of red leaf and stem mixed in. Depending on how much red is mixed in, the cup will brew a color ranging from golden to a deep orange, but always lighter than the dark red of red rooibos.

Supposed health benefits

Green rooibos is frequently promoted as having more antioxidants than red rooibos, much in the same way green tea is promoted as having more antioxidants than black tea. While the antioxidant activity of rooibos is well-established, there is not enough evidence to back the claim that green rooibos has more antioxidants, nor is there evidence that rooibos has more antioxidants than tea.

While there have not been many studies comparing green to red rooibos, one study found roughly comparable activity between green and red, with green showing more activity by one measure and red showing more by a different measure.[1] It is also worth noting that there is no solid evidence that green tea is universally more beneficial to your health than black tea or other types of tea.[2]

References:

1. A. Von Gadow, E. Joubert, C. F. Hansmann, Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea, Food Chemistry, Vol. 60, No. 1, Sep. 1997, pp. 73-77.

2. Zorach, Alex, Health Benefits of Tea - How These Effects Vary Among Different Types of Tea, EzineArticles.com, Nov. 1, 2009.

Best Green Rooibos

The notion of the "best" Green Rooibos is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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BA02: South African Green Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:South Africa
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Green Rooibos - Sweet African Red

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Region:South Africa
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
1 Rating
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Green Rooibos (Green Bush)

Brand:Rishi Tea
Region:South Africa
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Green Rooibos (Rooibos, Green Tea)

Brand:Mountain Rose Herbs
Region:South Africa
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Raw Green Rooibos (Raw Green Bush Tea)

Brand:Republic of Tea
Region:South Africa
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
1 Rating

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