Brazilian Yerba Mate 4 oz
Mate was first consumed by the indigenous Guaraní, spreading in the Tupí people of southern Brazil and Paraguay, and became even more widely used with the European colonization. The infusion, called mate in Spanish-speaking countries or chimarrão in south Brazil, is prepared by steeping dry leaves and twigs of the mate plant in hot water. Drinking mate with friends from a shared hollow gourd with a metal straw is a common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among people of all ages. Mate has high caffeine contents and the flavor is strongly vegetal, herbal, and grassy, reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. Mate can be brewed several times.