Monday, 21 April 2014

Rooibos Tea at the Robot

We are heading downhill of the A to Z Blog Challenge and today we'll be chatting about something that is a big part of South African culture.

Rooibos [pronounced roy-bos] (Redbush) Tea.  The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos

My kids grew up on this stuff because it contains no caffeine and low tannin levels. They called it "juice" until they were about two years old.  It has great health and nutritional benefits and assists with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

The second Southafricanism I am going to talk about is The Robot.  

In South Africa, when we talk about a robot, we don't mean a wee metallic man who moves with a couple of taps from a remote control, we mean a set of traffic lights.  The etymology of the word derives from a description of early traffic lights as robot policemen, which then got truncated with time.

In South Africa you “jump” the robot, rather than go through it.

Usage: Jump the robot and take a short [first] left.


The Glebe Blog said...

Sorry ah havnae been commentin on yer blog challenge, bit ave benn readin them.
Are you gettin younger wi the roobosh ?

I like a variety of teas, but could never acquire the Redbush taste.
Green, Earl Grey,Lady Grey, the odd Camomile and the occasional Japanese Black tea keep me going. Hope you and yours have had a great time rolling your eggs this Easter.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jump the robot - I'm going to remember that!

AimeeKay said...

I love your A to Z theme this year! (Loved last years too!)

Would Rooibos Tea be available outside of South Africa?


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