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Cinthia Solange Dhers is a 53-year-old surgeon who recently bought an apartment in Nordelta, a gated community in one of the most upscale areas of Buenos Aires. But the neighborhood didn’t live up to her high standards, and she shared her disappointment with a friend in a voice message that ended up online.
She complained in the message that her neighbors talked too loudly and didn’t put their dogs on leashes. They did not share her “moral aesthetics.” She did not expect to find “beasts, with no education, who yell and drink mate like they would at Bristol beach in Mar del Plata.”
It was Dr. Dhers’s reference to her new neighbors’ mate-drinking habits that touched…
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Studies done on yerba mate versus coffee are unequal. Coffee was (and still is) prominent around the world. Yerba mate, not so much. As a result, there’s more research done on coffee compared to yerba mate.
No worries though. The current studies on mate might still be enough to sway you on its side, and put down your morning cup of joe.
So without wasting time, let’s dissect these plants…
The traditional method is a cultural ritual which children in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil grow up with. It takes time to learn how to make it well and to learn the cultural dos and don'ts.
We normally drink lots of coffees to keep ourselves awake and focused in what we are doing. But, can we replace coffee with something healthier, or perhaps, stronger? Yes, we can! And South Americans have been drinking this miraculous hot beverage for centuries.
There’s a lot that goes into drinking yerba mate. And if you don’t take proper responsibility, you can ruin your yerba mate experience.
Yerba mate can be overwhelming for people just starting out.
When Kansas native Laura Ginsberg moved to Buenos Aires and began working in educational technology development, she discovered something unique about the Argentine office environment: Argentina’s preferred source of caffeine, mate.
For some South Americans, a well-prepared mate will replace a morning coffee just as well as a 5 o’clock tea. The best part? It’s naturally caffeinated leaves give drinkers stimulation in the form of a balanced sense of focus and alertness that lasts...
The Guarani Indians of Paraguay and Argentina have been brewing this beverage for centuries and claim it can do everything from boosting energy levels and intelligence to providing all the nutrients needed for life. In Europe mate is often used for weight loss, though there is no scientific evidence to show that the plant boosts metabolism or acts as an appetite suppressant. But what about the other claims?
A tale of two quintessential Argentine beverages: wine and yerba mate.
Mate has a long history in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Southern Brazil and Bolivia. It is not uncommon to see people walking the streets with mate in hand in those countries — some even with a thermos of hot water in the other hand to refill the drink as it gets low. It’s custom to add water to yerba mate around 15-20 times, until it loses its flavor. Drinking mate is often times a group experience; it’s a symbol of hospitality and friendship.
I first encountered yerba mate as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay. Everywhere I went, and at all times of the day, I saw small groups of people passing around a hollowed out cow’s horn or gourd (guampa) filled with ground leaves and a single metal straw sticking out of the top. I had never thought of drinking from a cow’s horn or gourd. Drinking out of the same metal straw (bombilla) was even more jarring. Wasn’t anyone worried about germs?
Way back when, in 1998, a student on my year abroad in Argentina, I went round to a friend’s house. She cooked, we might have smoked a cigarette, and then she offered me some green leaves, served up in a cup. Hoping it was some new kind of illegal substance I could boast about back home, it made me a little dizzy although I wasn’t hooked from the first sip. And as she patiently explained the origins of this drink to me, I suddenly realised that yerba mate wasn’t some illicit herbal secret, and that all the Argentines were at it.
For many here, the early light of day is met with hot yerba mate. As the day progresses, businessmen and farm laborers alike stop to sip terere, a cool version of yerba mate. The drinking of hot or cold infusions of the native yerba plant is an intrinsic element in the everyday routine in both the country and the city.
Mate is an infusion made from a leaf called yerba mate. Small amounts of hot water are poured into a gourd stuffed with the leaves and sipped out with a metal straw. It’s a bitter caffeinated beverage — similar, perhaps, to Japanese green tea — that is said to help regulate digestion. Many people would call it Argentina’s national drink.
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The first people to discover yerba mate were the Guarani (pronounced wa-ra-nee). Their traditional homeland in Paraguay, northern Argentina, and southern Brazil overlaps the home range of wild yerba mate. The Guarani enjoy yerba mate as a daily tonic, and also as the basis of their medicinal system. They have a legend telling how yerba mate was the gift of a benevolent god, who gave the tree to a small group of weary travelers as a reward for their righteousness.
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Yerba Mate, Ilex Paraguariensis, is a tea (...o.k.--a "tisane" really) loaded with vitamins and minerals. With yerba mate you can experience the great benefits of an herbal health supplement--and a coffee substitute--without all of the negative side-effects.