The oxidation of rooibos

Posted in Country: South Africa by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : ,

As soon as they are plucked, the rooibos shoots are cut and sprinkled with water. Then the oxidation process can begin. This takes place outside and causes the leaves to change colour, from green to brown. When it has oxidised to the right degree, the rooibos is spread out on the ground in a fairly thin layer, so it can dry in the sun.

2 Comments by “The oxidation of rooibos”

  • Very interesting! It looks like red clay soil.

  • Thanks for sharing. François-Xavier, What motivated you to call this blog « The oxidation of rooibos », not that the title does not go with the content, I am just wondering. Congratulations again on a good job François-Xavier.

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François-Xavier Delmas is a passionate globetrotter. He’s been touring the world’s tea plantations for more than 20 years in search of the finest teas. As the founder of Le Palais des Thés, he believes that travelling is all about discovering world cultures. From Darjeeling to Shizuoka, from Taiwan to the Golden Triangle, he invites you to follow his trips as well as share his experiences and emotions.

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