- One of the world truly rare teas, Dragonfly Mountain Honeybush grows wild on a remote, certified organic farm.
In spring, its bright yellow, honey-scented flowers combine with other wild flowers to create a tapestry of colour across the landscape
- Dutch farmers at the Cape of Good Hope first used Honeybush as a tea in the 18th Century
- Gentle and naturally caffeine free, honeybush is found only in the cool mist of South Africa's Cape coastal mountains, where it has been enjoyed for centuries
- They probably learnt about its exquisite taste and health properties from the local Khoi-Khoi people
- We buy our tea directly from one family
- Our Honeybush is grown in the purest, healthiest air in an idyllic mediterranean climate
- They are committed to the delicate balance of the mountain ecology, a cause of concern to conservationists who are alarmed by the indiscriminate harvesting of wild honeybush at the expense of wild plant populations.
Our Organic Honeybush tea has a delicate naturally honey-scented flavour and conveys in its taste the purity and freshness of the environment in which it is grown.
Caffeine free and low in tannin, it’s an ideal tea at any time, particularly at night when its calming aroma and flavour is a good start to a good night’s sleep.
Its natural sweetness also makes it a favourite with children who often reject stronger teas.
Organic honeybush tea (cyclopia)
Use freshly boiled water and infuse for 2-4mins. Also delicious as an iced tea
At Dragonfly Teas we consider that the way crops are grown is intrinsic to the well-being of everyone.
Working with nature to achieve the best quality with little or no chemicals involved is in our view, the way things should be.
The demands of the modern world for more; faster; better has resulted in short term exploitation of the land and the people who work it, with no thought for the future.
So we prefer to do things differently.
We believe that it is important to respect the relationship to the land of those who patiently grow our food (often under great hardship).
We are aware of the difference that the ancient country artisan traditions of food–making can make. Traditions that are thankfully still used today to create high quality teas and other foods, such as fine wines and local cheeses.
There are reputedly up to 8,000 different hand-made teas in China. They are part of a 1,500-year-old tradition. These are disappearing rapidly through mechanical and chemical intervention. The world has plenty of poor quality teas with very few of high quality on offer. This is because of lack of consumer awareness of the rich heritage of taste experiences produced by the smaller artisan tea-makers.
Dragonfly Teas is pledged to bring these teas to the discerning palate and in so doing, help to keep alive the traditions and skills that have created them.
We believe strongly in the ideals of the Slow Food movement, which is growing fast throughout Europe. We think it is important that every country has a dynamic small-scale agricultural food production sector. It ensures that rural people are rewarded for their efforts and helps to stop the depopulation of the countryside.
We also support non-political Fair Trade that campaigns to ensure we pay fairly and as directly as possible to the farmers with as few intermediaries as possible. This means that more of the profits end up directly in the hands of the communities that grow the crops.