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Honeybush (Cyclopia spp.): From local cottage industry to global markets - The catalytic and supporting role of research

dc.contributor.authorJoubert E.
dc.contributor.authorJoubert M.E.
dc.contributor.authorBester C.
dc.contributor.authorde Beer D.
dc.contributor.authorDe Lange J.H.
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-13T16:58:51Z
dc.date.available2011-10-13T16:58:51Z
dc.date.issued2011-10-13
dc.identifier.citationSouth African Journal of Botany
dc.identifier.citationhttp://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79959554526&partnerID=40&md5=7d9a6ab736ce02cfd2200e83d57e8d3a
dc.identifier.issn2546299
dc.identifier.other10.1016/j.sajb.2011.05.014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/16881
dc.description.abstractHoneybush tea (Cyclopia spp.), one of the traditional South African herbal teas with a long history of regional use, remained a cottage industry until the mid-1990s when researchers were instrumental in the development of a formal agricultural and agro-processing industry. It is one of the few indigenous South African plants that made the transition from the wild to a commercial product during the past 100 years. Research activities during the past 20 years included propagation, production, genetic improvement, processing, composition and the potential for value-adding. The present review provides an up-to-date and comprehensive record of the development of the South African honeybush industry, against the background of the historical highlights in the making of an industry. It provides a blueprint of the processes and actions involved in the development of a new agricultural and agro-processing industry from an herbal plant. Insight into challenges faced by the industry and future research needed to keep it competitive are provided. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.subjectBotany
dc.subjectCyclopia spp.
dc.subjectHerbal tea
dc.subjectHoneybush
dc.subjectIndustry
dc.subjectProcessing
dc.subjectProduction
dc.titleHoneybush (Cyclopia spp.): From local cottage industry to global markets - The catalytic and supporting role of research
dc.typeArticle in Press
dc.description.versionArticle in Press


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