Honeybush, cinnamon and star anise for a cosy Advent season.
Christmas is a time for gratefully reflecting on the past year. As a symbol of gratitude, YOGI TEA® is this year supporting the “Jalinga Tea Garden Community” in Assam (India). With this support and the dedication of local residents, a hospital has been refurbished to provide people with access to good medical care locally. This project is particularly dear to YOGI TEA® on account of our Indian roots.
rooibos*, cinnamon*, liquorice*, coriander*, honeybush*, orange peel*, cloves*, black pepper*, anise*, dried lemon juice*, star anise*, cardamom*, roasted chicory*, lime*, orange oil*, cinnamon oil*
It can already be recognised from a distance because of its bright yellow, sweetly fragrant papilionaceous flowers: the honeybush. It only thrives in two of South Africa's provinces, where it is harvested wild from mountainsides, peaks or high-elevation rock formations. As its name already reveals, the sweet-mild taste is reminiscent of honey.
Cinnamon is among the most expensive spices in the world and was supposedly already used as a spice in China in 3,000 B.C. Cinnamon is extracted from the bark of the South-Asian cinnamon tree. It has an aromatic-sweetish taste and contains valuable essential oils.
To this day, the redbush - which is also called rooibos - from the legume family is cultivated exclusively in the cedar mountains of South Africa. Growing to a height of two metres, the plant is only harvested once every year. Its leaves are made into rooibos tea, which is the mild-fruity and slightly sweet tasting national beverage of South Africa.
In the Middle East and Asia, the slightly sweetish tasting coriander is used in almost every dish, presumably due to its splendid aroma that is reminiscent of a spicy-savoury mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange.
The origin of its name can immediately be seen in the star-shaped fruit of the genuine star anise. The fruit of the evergreen tree tastes sweetish and slightly peppery, a bit like the liquorice taste.
The orange is the most frequently cultivated citrus fruit in the world. It originally came from Asia and was only introduced to Europe in the 15th century. Its peel contains numerous essential oils and the taste is similar to the fruit pulp in its fruitiness but not quite as sweet and slightly bitter.