What is green rooibos?

Rooibos is a plant native to a certain region in South Africa. Rooibos is normally used to produce a caffeine-free herbal tea called red tea, rooibos tea, or just rooibos. Red tea is produced by allowing the rooibos leaf to oxidize after it is harvested, in a process very similar to the one used to produce black tea from the tea plant. This is the traditional method by which rooibos is prepared.
Green rooibos is a newly-developed herbal tea made from the same plant, but using a processing method similar to and inspired by the production processes used for green tea. To produce green rooibos, the leaf and stems of the plant are heated, which breaks down the enyzmes that cause the plant to oxidize when exposed to air. The green color of the leaf is thus preserved. However, unlike green tea, when green rooibos is brewed in water, it still produces a reddish or dark amber-orange infusion.
How does green rooibos taste?
The green form of rooibos is definitely recognizable as rooibos. Red rooibos tends to have a more strongly earthy aroma, sometimes with fruity tones. The green variety, on the other hand, has a lighter flavor, less of the earthy tones, and is more grassy, similar to green tea.
Is green rooibos healthier than red rooibos?
Rooibos has received a great deal of attention due to its purported health benefits and medicinal uses. Rooibos is traditionally used to respiratory ailments and allergies. Although some of these uses have not been supported by scientific studies, there is some evidence that rooibos can be used to effectively treat asthma and other respiratory conditions. There is also some evidence that rooibos has generally positive effects on the immune system.
Green tea is widely perceived as being healthier than black tea or other forms of tea, even though there is not much solid evidence to support this idea. Because of this public perception, a lot of people assume that green rooibos is likely to carry more potent health benefits than red rooibos.
There have been a few studies comparing green and red rooibos side-by-side. A few studies have compared the antioxidant activities of these two beverages, and found conflicting results, with green emerging as the leader by some measures, and red rooibos performing better under others. Studies have also compared both forms of rooibos to green tea and other teas, and again, found conflicting results. In the absence of solid data, it makes sense to drink whichever form of rooibos tastes most pleasing to you.
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