Column | Familiar, but not quite tea
Fragrant and invigorating, there are certain concoctions that seem like tea but are far from it
These are tisanes or herbal infusions derived from leaves, bark, flowers, twigs, seeds, fruit and roots, dried or fresh
Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency will recognize any mention of “bush tea". Made popular by the series’ protagonist Precious Ramotswe, it features regularly in the books. The assistant, Mma Makutsi, brews the tea and the two discuss a case at hand or other troubles. In due course, Mma Makutsi works up the courage to ask for a second teapot, because everyone else prefers “ordinary" tea. Mma Ramotswe is surprised but acquiesces.