The Buchu story
Hebron lies in the heart of the buchu industry and holds the world's largest cultivation of buchu.
Buchu is a low growing shrub native to the Cape region of South Africa. The indigenous people of South Africa used buchu leaves mainly for its medicinal properties. The medicinal use of this plant is part of the cultural heritage of the Khoi-San, who chew the leaves to relieve stomach problems and mixed the leaves with sheep fat as an ointment to treat wounds and for perfumery application.
In the 17th century, when Dutch colonists settled in South Africa they learned about the herb from the natives and adopted buchu as treatment for various ailments. Historically buchu was the first export product of the Cape of Good Hope to Europe, where it was used in various medicinal treatments including urinary tract infection, inflammation of the prostate, diuretic in stomach ailments, rheumatism, fever, kidney stones, cholera and muscle aches.
Today, the essential oil of buchu is well established as a building block in various flavours used in the food and beverage industries. These flavours include black currant, grapefruit, passion fruit as well as a number of berry-related flavours.
Afriplex is the mother company that handles the cultivation, treatment and distribution of buchu internationally as well as nationally.
Buchu distillation plant at Hebron
Two buchu products are for sale at Hebron:
dried buchu leaves.
On the buchu trail
Resident guests has the opportunity to take the buchu trail and study the plants first hand by walking in the buchu fields.
Hebron offers canned olives and olive oil. Guests are also welcome to pick their own olives.
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