A glass of rooibos red please: SA’s first indigenously wooded wine
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  Many of us love a good cup of rooibos tea, perhaps nowadays a red cappuccino. But have you ever had a glass of rooibos wine? Five years ago, the owners of Audacia Wines challenged themselves to find a ‘blue ocean opportunity’. Was there an innovative niche, a distinct competitive advantage, that could set their wines apart in the South … Read More

Inverroche Gin: Fine fynbos flavours distilled
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Off the beaten track, in the little seaside village of Stilbaai on the Western Cape coast, Lorna Scott is making magic with a unique business idea born out of two things: a long-held fascination with distilling, and an awe-inspired passion for Cape fynbos. Her masterpiece is Inverroche Gin, a proudly South African, artisanal spirit, created with the indigenous flora of … Read More

Fynbos flavours: Tasty Rooibos rub for sustainably sourced fish
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With the world’s fish stocks depleting rapidly as global fish production outpaces world population growth (ref), it’s up to us as discerning and empowered consumers to make wise seafood choices. Agreed, it’s not always as easy or simple as one thinks – especially if fish frequently appears on your local supermarket shelves or restaurant menus – but there are ways to … Read More

Making KOS: Exploring indigenous plant foods with Loubie Rusch
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We have become increasingly removed from the concept of foraging for food as we’ve evolved to rely on planes, trains and automobiles to deliver our food to us, often from halfway across the world. Foraging requires an alternative mindset, focused on the indigenous resources that we can extract from ‘our back gardens’, rather than relying solely on what we find … Read More

Fynbos flavours: Cooking with buchu
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Of all the teas I tried and tested during my recent exploration into fynbos herbal brews, buchu was undoubtedly my favourite. Its mild, minty flavour with a hint of aniseed makes it easy to drink, and admittedly, quite moreish. It has a wonderful calming and cleansing effect, and as it’s naturally caffeine free, I found I could gulp down a … Read More

Fynbos Flavours: Three courses with a touch of Rooibos
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Naturally free of caffeine and low in tannins, Rooibos continues to earn ‘good-for-you’ gold stars across the globe and health fundis all over the world are happily swopping their morning coffees and caffeinated teas for guilt-free ‘red bush’ infusions.  It’s even becoming a trendy ingredient amongst the rich and the famous (the media was all aflutter when Rooibos ice cream … Read More

Fynbos Flavours: Delicious recipes with fynbos honey
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If you live in the Cape and love being in the kitchen, you may have come across the ‘cooking with fynbos’ buzz phrase that’s been infiltrating restaurants and foodie blogs over the past few years. You may also be slightly daunted by the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of this type of cooking – you’d love to create those wonderful flavours … Read More

Fynbos teas that are extraordinarily good for you
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I’ve recently begun to explore the world of herbal teas. During an attempt to cut down on dairy, I quickly realised that the prospect of my morning cup of tea without milk was not at all an exciting one (I’ve always been a ‘good old Five Roses’ fan), so, in order to make the process just a little more bearable, … Read More