Yerba Mate is made from the dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis – a native plant of South America and that’s gaining worldwide popularity because of the way it improves how people feel. Drinking Yerba Mate tea is often a social event – sharing this drink is a sign of friendship and bonding. The taste is grassy and similar to green tea and it’s said that it has the strength of coffee, health benefits of a tea, and the joy of chocolate.
Fresh Yerba Mate leaves growing.
Yerba Mate is well known for providing an energy boost. Around 85 mg of caffeine per cup. Yerba Mate contains less caffeine than coffee but more than a cup of tea. Yerba Mate delivers the most balanced energy boost compared with other stimulants like cocoa, coffee. It doesn’t cause caffeine jitters and that is why it’s useful for people suffering from mental or physical fatigue.
Yerba Mate contains vitamins and a decent amount of minerals: vitamin A, C and E, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur and zinc. It also contains other beneficial nutrients such as tannins, trace minerals, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and 15 amino acids. It has more antioxidants than any other green tea – for example, it contains polyphenols what is a large group of antioxidants, linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. Yerba Mate is high in compounds saponins what are natural emulsifiers that boost the immune system and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also lower blood sugar level and risk of heart disease.
Traditional Yerba Mate tea in the calabash.
Where to use
Yerba Mate is traditionally served hot in a container called a gourd or calabash. It’s commonly sipped through a metal straw that has a filter. But to start, you might want to prepare it in a way that requires no special equipment. The easiest way is to brew it like tea using Yerba Mate tea with tea-strainer and wait 4-5min. The ideal brewing temperature for Yerba Mate is approximately 77°C; using boiling water will produce a bitter beverage. The tea is often served with burnt sugar milk, lemon juice. Yerba Mate is also available in our webstore!
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