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Rooibos Tea Farming
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After two years, Rooibos tea can be harvested. The twigs and leaves are finely chaffed, spread out, wetted and rolled. After the process of fermentation and air-drying is completed, the tea is cleaned, sorted and eventually packed into teabags and packages.

Rooibos tea is a favourite amongst health-conscious people because it contains no caffeine and hardly any tannin, but is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium and iron. It is an exclusive South African drink and is mainly exported to Japan, however, health shops in Europe and America stock it.

Rooibos tea is being internationally marketed by the Rooibos Tea Company in Clanwilliam, the co-op of the tea farmers. Visitors are welcome and guided tours and slide shows are offered.

Top: At the beginning of the rainy season the tea is cut. The plant produces tea for 5 to 6 years.
Bottom: Rooibos plantation in sandy soil. It only grows in deep sandy soils and at altitudes of between 200 and 500 metres above sea level.

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