"Terroir" is the French word used to describe the characteristics of the plantation upon which the tea is grown, deriving from the late Latin term "terra", which means land.
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Tea is a plant that is cultivated extensively across the world. The use of its leaves in an infusion was wide spread long before it made its way to the West and long before it became the focus of scientific study, taking on significant political and economic importance for the countries involved in its trade. Prescribed by apothecaries and used in temples during sessions of meditation, it helped to inspire artists, poets and potters and travelled with the caravans to the most remote regions of Asia.
Rooibos tea, also called red bush tea, is a herbal tea derived from the leaves of the rooibos plant. Though consumption of the tea was once confined to the South African regions in which the plant grew, rooibos tea is becoming more popular in Western countries due to its robust taste and numerous health benefits.