Yerba Mate is a magical leaf coming from the South American rainforest.
What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate is made from the dried leaves and stems of a plant called Ilex Paraguariensis.
Typically, once harvested, the Mate is dried over a fire which adds to Mate’s unique smoky and astringent flavour. Mate is grown all over South America but the largest producers and consumers come from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. In these countries, Yerba Mate isn’t so much a hot beverage but a way of life and a symbol of friendship.
Loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, it’s no wonder Yerba Mate’s reputation as a superfood is growing internationally. But just don’t take our word for it, the Pasteur Institute of Paris once declared:
“It’s difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value”
How to PREPARE YERBA MATE:
Yerba was essentially seen as a gift from the gods that was to be shared as an act of love, friendship, and dedication.
Traditionally Yerba Mate is sipped from a hollow gourd called “mate” with a special straw known as “bom-bee-zha”.
Bombilla literally means “little pump” or “straw” in Spanish.
Yerba Mate is a magic leaf coming from the South American rainforest.
Mate’s origins dates back to the indigenous Guaraní people, who were the first to make infusions with its leaves. Today, Mate is the traditional drink of Argentinians, but is also grown in other regions of South America like Paraguay and Venezuela.
Descriptive words abound when it comes to describing the taste of Yerba Mate, including: herbal, grassy, earthy, smokey and astringent.
When it starts to leak from your ears! In short, everybody is different. Like any naturally caffeinated beverage, individual tastes vary. The good thing is, Yerba Mate is renowned for its ability to stimulate the senses and body without the crash and jitters associated with other caffeinated drinks.
It varies depending on the amount of Mate used as well as how long it steeps. Planta contains around 40mg caffeine which is equivalent to a cup of strong black tea.
Why not! People who are very sensitive to caffeine may choose to abstain but for most everybody else, the answer is yes.
Yerba Mate can help to boost your metabolism, increase your digestion and lower your appetite.
The tannins in Yerba Mate may help reduce cravings of unhealthy foods.
Yerba Mate boosts energy and mental focus and improves physical performance. It has shown to contain more antioxidants than green tea and may prevent infections from bacteria, parasites and fungi. It may also lower blood sugar levels as well as the risk of heart disease.
Due to Mate’s adaptogenic properties it stimulates and simultaneously soothes even after several servings.