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WHAT DO YOU USE TO PREPARE MATE?This beverage is prepared with Yerba Mate, a native tree from the jungles around the Parana river, the Uruguay River and the Paraguay River. This plant with a height between 12 and 16 meters is manually harvested between the months of April and September. The ideal conditions for the cultivation of Yerba Mate can be found only in this region of South America and that is why it is only significantly produced in three countries: Argentina (world’s leading producer), Brazil and Paraguay.
HOW DO YOU DRINK MATE?After being dried and ground, the leaves of Yerba Mate can be easily found in any supermarket of the producing countries. The yerba is placed in a container which is also called Mate (originally a calabash gourd, but nowadays it can be made of glass, metal, wood …) before adding hot water (not boiling). You drink it through a thin straw called “Bombilla” until you finish the water, and then you refill the container. It has a herbal and slightly bitter taste, and some people prefer to drink it with sugar or honey. ‘
Mate by countryIn Argentina it is common to drink Mate with a group of friends, where one person responsible for filling it with water (“cebar” the Mate) and pass it to every person in the group. In Uruguay, for example, many people tend to carry a Mate and a thermos full of hot water down the street. In Paraguay, the grass is yellow and is consumed mainly with cold water (tereré). Brazilian yerba is thinner and greener.
WHAT IS YERBA MATE?
Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is a tea-like infusion that stands out by its nutritional profile, its taste and its way of drinking. The infusion is enjoyed by millions of people every day for its powerful ability to naturally increase concentration, mental clarity and physical endurance. Native to northern Argentina, Paraguay and southern Brazil, Mate has its own culture based on the values of friendship and sharing. Yerba Mate culture dates back to several centuries when the Guaraní people were sharing yerba mate in the Paraná rainforest a long time before Europeans arrival. Today yerba mate means: friendship, sharing, and connection with oneself and others through a very unique ritual that consists of sharing a Mate while having a good moment. In Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil, Mate is consumed equally if not more than coffee. In these countries, this infusion that promotes well-being and a good mood is firmly rooted in the culture.