HERBAL SOUTH AMERICAN YERBA MATÉ TEA
One of the few tisanes in the world that naturally contains caffeine! Our Yerba maté herbal tea is made from the leaves of the South American Ilex paraguariensis tree. This botanical is indigenous to countries like Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. This herbal tea was first cultivated as a medicinal ingredient by the Guaraní people and soon became closely intertwined with South American culture. In fact, one census found that 98% of Argentinians have yerba maté in the kitchen cabinet at home!
When brewed, yerba maté has distinctly earthy flavours with smoky notes and an umami aftertaste. Such unique tasting notes and smoky aroma may take some getting used to; however, South Americans love this brew for its purported health benefits! For example, yerba maté is thought to have a high antioxidant capacity and hepatoprotective effect. Unlike coffee, it’s also interesting to note that this herbal tisane carries theobromine (a compound also found in cocoa) as well as caffeine. Both of these xanthines are known to stimulate the body and mind. Find out more about this tea’s fun properties here.
You can make yerba maté the exact same way as tea. However, there is a traditional way to drink it! Yerba maté is normally drunk from a decorative gourd using a metal or stainless steel spoon-like straw called a bombilla. You can purchase your own yerba maté straw here.
SOUTH AMERICAN TEA | CAFFEINATED | GLUTEN FREE | VEGAN