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Tea in South Africa

Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa produces about 32% of world exports amounting to some 424,000 tonnes.

The Rooibos tea

This native of South Africa grows mainly in the mountainous Cederberg region, including Clanwilliam, north of Cape Town. Known and used for hundreds of years by local people, rooibos rise today, with its wide range of benefits, great interest.

Rooibos also called red tea, in reference to the color of its liquor after infusion, is part of the family of acacias. It is not akin to that of tea and is completely free of caffeine.

Low in tannins, the molecules responsible for the astringency of some teas, it is prized for its softer and sweeter. Taste Anti oxidant, soothing for digestive disorders or sleep, the list of its medicinal properties is impressive.

It can also be used as preparation applied directly to the skin, for example, eczema. This tea consumes unreservedly by large and small and declines associated with a variety of fragrances. Rooibos or Aspalathus linearis is part of the legume family.

The shrub is green and turns red when he died. The real tea, he Camelia sinensis, belongs to the family Theaceae. Unfermented rooibos is green.

Green rooibos contains more antioxidants than red but the drink is less sweet and less fruity. Germans, the Dutch and the Japanese consume regularly, France consumption is booming . It is found in bulk or in pods in supermarket or health food store.

Roiboos and INPI

South African authorities have vowed to defend the rooibos red tea with a unique country, which they believe is threatened by a French company will file its name, a move that would complicate the export to France of this very local specialty.

The case broke when Trucy Company, an investment company based in Paris, has asked the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) French file twelve marks containing the word rooibos or rooibos tea.

Burke The American company International had tried to register the name in the United States in 1994, demanding royalties importers, but was forced to backtrack eleven years later after a long legal battle.

To be protected abroad, a product must already be in his own country. However, South Africa does not know the designations of origin, which complicates the situation for producers of rooibos.

According to industry professionals, South African producers are at the origin of the controversy, to accelerate the process of recognition of a designation of origin (or protected) for rooibos.

The South African tea brands

From Cape Natural to Rooibos. 7 links