Our journey with Honeybush Tea
Our journey with Honeybush Tea started in 1994, when we moved to the Overberg. We were merely weeks into settling on our farm when the first Honeybush Tea plants were planted. We started off with a main breeding plantation block on our farm, as very little was known at that stage about what Honeybush Tea’s ecological preferences are, as well the general usefulness to the tea industry. These tests and trials in our initial breeding block were necessary as more than 20 Honeybush Tea species exist. We needed to determine which Honeybush Tea species prefer our climate to determine which species we would plant on a larger scale.
At present, we have approximately 60 hectares of prime Honeybush Tea in production, emanating from seeds harvested in the initial mother block. Following a careful breeding programme, we continually select the plants most desirable from a growth perspective. Plants were selected for its fine and lush growth habit, which we prefer when making our tea. This breeding programme ensures that we can farm sustainably to constantly expand our tea fields without having to use seeds harvested from the wild. This breeding programme and our research over the years led to a C. Genistoides genotype that is well adapted to harsh weather conditions, is disease resistant and does not require any additional irrigation, besides rain.