Yerba Mate

The plant is grown and processed mainly in South America, more specifically in Northern Argentina (Corrientes, Misiones), Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná).

Drinking yerba mate certainly qualifies as a national ritual. Mainly consumed at home among friends and family, the dried leaves (yerba) are steeped in a gourd (mate) and the resulting tea is sucked through a metal straw, or bombilla.

Yerba mate, or Ilex Paraguayensis, is a tree of the holly family native to the upper Paraná delta, The Guarani and other natives drank yerba mate for its stimulant effect, which comes from caffeine and its xanthine cousins theobromine and theophylline.

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