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Yerba mate (mäˌtā)  tea is made from brewing the leaves of a holly-like tree found in South America. The yerba mate is grown in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, it has developed into a symbol for many South American countries.

Early South American tribes had discovered the wild yerba mate plant and considered the mate tea “the drink of the gods.” The Guaraní Tribe of Paraná have used it for millennia, relying on its restorative, uplifting, and medicinal properties. During the 16th century in Argentina, the Spanish conquistadors spread the consumption, but it was the Jesuit missionaries that created yerba mate plantations and spread it to other parts of South America.  The Jesuits found the secret to successfully growing yerba mate was the use only seeds that passed through the digestive system of certain birds.

After the leaves and twigs are harvested, they’re dried over a fire, which adds a smoked flavor. Yerba mate can vary in strength of the flavor, caffeine levels and other nutrients depending on whether it is a male or female plant. Female plants tend to be milder in flavor and lower in caffeine. Yerba mate contains caffeine, theophlline and theobromine.

It is believed the Yerba Mate will enhance your ability to focus, physical endurance, aids in digestion, weight control, and support cardiovascular health.  To prepare mate use 1 tsp loose mate to an 8 oz of boiling water. Steep for 5-6 minutes.

Pictured is our Mate Chino. A chia flavored mate tea, containing roasted Argentina mate, ginger root, cinnamon, green cardamom with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla natural flavoring.