Rooibos is unique and rare. It grows wild in the Cederberg Mountains a couple of hours north of Cape Town – and nowhere else. The hot and dry summers, winter rainfall and coarse sandy soil are ideally suited to the Rooibos plant.
The indigenous people have used it to brew tea for as long as anyone can remember. In more recent times local farmers attempted to cultivate it as a crop. This proved exceedingly difficult but they eventually succeeded. This combination of distinctive ecosystem and specialist knowledge means that all the Rooibos in the world, including Green Rooibos, comes from one tiny community in South Africa’s Western Cape.