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Just like redbush, honey bush was discovered in South Africa in the 17th century. The honey bush shrub owes its name to its characteristic appearance. The blossoms are bright yellow and smell like honey, whereas the leaves are somewhat rougher than those of redbush. The South Africans also call it "vegetable bush", due to its pod shaped fruits and knobby roots. The wild grown plants exclusively thrive on small mountain ranges in the so called Longkloof District. In the 1990's it was re-discovered and is today cultivated for commercial purposes in 35 different locations. The infusion tastes pleasantly sweet and aromatic.