2 août 2021

Honeybush: a plant with a taste of honey

Focus on Honeybush, cousin of Rooibos


Fragrant and delicious, Honeybush is a little known plant that is sometimes found in infusions. This vegetal has a delicate smell of honey, which has earned it the nickname of "honey bush". In this article, we will make you discover the origin of this so particular bush, as well as its various characteristics.



What is the Honeybush?

Honeybush is a shrub native to South Africa. Cultivated for centuries and consumed as an infusion, it is often compared to its cousin the Rooibos. It is a traditional local drink in Africa, particularly popular for its health benefits.


Over the centuries, the Honeybush has managed to conquer Europe and many other countries in the world. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1990's that this very particular plant fully integrated the herbaria of our continent.



A tea... without tea!

Like Rooibos, Honeybush contains no caffeine or theine. This drink can be consumed from morning to night, without any health risk. It is more like an infusion or an herbal tea. It can be consumed hot but also iced during the summer period.




How to taste this plant?

Honeybush is traditionally enjoyed as a tea, like its cousin Rooibos. Ideally, we recommend that you brew it for 10 minutes in water at 90°C. If you wish to enjoy it iced, make a hot infusion, then let the mixture cool down. Then place it in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator. You will enjoy a thirst-quenching and original drink, perfect for the summer!



Less known than Rooibos, this plant is ideal for tea drinkers who wish to reduce their consumption of theine and caffeine. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day and even at night, without the risk of causing discomfort, such as insomnia. You will be seduced by its characteristic honey taste that makes Honeybush so special!


To learn more about the Honeybush and many other plants, you can also visit the Pagès herbarium!



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