Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yerba Mate

A relative of the holly family, Yerba mate is a traditional South American drink grown primarily in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil. The dried, ground Yerba leaves are prepared in the 'mate' , which is Spanish for gourd...(most of the times it's made out of a small dried up pumpkin!)

'Mate' gourd with 'bombilla' or metal straw

A strong smoky tea, Yerba mate is loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, C, E; iron; zinc; magnesium; calcium; potassium; sodium; manganese; and selenium. Yerba mate has also been known to increase the potency of other herbs and aid in natural weight loss.

Yerba mate is mildly caffeinated without the side effects. Steeping Time 7-10 minutes.

Click here for more info regarding the health benefits Yerba Tea

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