Rooibos has long been revered for its many health benefits, mainly due to the beneficial flavonoid quercetin.

Out of the many benefits attributed to this fabulous flavonoid, one of the strangest science has found may have been discovered recently.

do not touchAccording to a recent article, experts from the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire, UK, use this burgundy brew to carefully rear yellow-banded and green-banded poison dart frog tadpoles.

These froggy babes seem to go ga-ga for their tea: not only is it caffeine-free (to much stimulant is not good for their little amphibian hearts), but it is actually healthier than raising them is water.

This is because, unlike water (which attracts all kinds of germs, bugs and other nasties), the surface of the herbal tea remains fungus-free thanks to, you guessed it, the quercetin and other antioxidants.

This is relatively important to find the absolute best way to keep them alive, because thanks to a combination of deforestation, introduced species and a fungus which kills amphibians, poison dart frogs are on the critically endangered species list.

Who knew those little frogs had such good taste for great tea?