To be fair, I’ve had very little experience with either of them and, until quite recently, thought they were the same thing. SPOILER ALERT! They aren’t. Rooibos and honeybush are quite similar and come from similar areas, but they are indeed different plants and have slightly different flavors (honeybush being a bit sweeter and more “honey-like” than rooibos). Now I think on it, I may not have ever tried a honeybush tisane until recently. I have had a couple rooibos options and never was impressed. Continue reading
Unfortunately, that’s not exactly how it works. I know that would be an easy answer, but such is life!
Officially, tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, a tree native to China. The coolest thing about tea, in my personal opinion, is that all different teas (white, black, green, oolong, pu-erh) are made from the same plant. The only difference is how the leaves are prepared for use. It’s a pretty remarkable plant, if you think about it that way. Most tea trees are kept small, in more of a bush size, to make it easier to pick the fresh shoots that are used to make the final product.