Agriculture: the Commission approves a new protected geographical indication from South Africa
The European Commission has approved the registration of ‘Rooibos’ / ‘Red Bush’ from South Africa in the register of protected designation of origin (PDO). ‘Rooibos’ / ‘Red Bush’ refer to the dried leaves and stems cultivated in the Western Cape Province and in the Northern Cape Province, a region which is known for its hot dry summers and cold wet winters. ‘Rooibos’ / ‘Red Bush’ has developed some unique characteristics to adapt in this harsh climate and presents fruity, woody and spicy flavours. It is harvested each year during the hot summers and is sun dried just after harvesting. The tea court process is often described as an art form and is one of the most critical parts of the ‘Rooibos’ / ‘Red Bush’ production process with specific know-how and expertise required. The use of the dried leaves and stems of ‘Rooibos’ / ‘Red Bush’ as a tea was first documented almost 250 years ago. Since then its fruity, sweet taste has resulted in it being a cultural icon of South Africa. There are currently 262 geographical indications from non EU countries registered. More information in the eAmbrosia database and in the quality schemes pages.