MATE

MATE:

Also Known As: Jesuit Tea, Paraguay Tea and Yerba Mate

HISTORY:

Mate, pronounced MAH-tay is also called yerba mate’ or Paraguay tea. It was introduced into the US in the 1970s as a decaffeinated coffee substitute. Mate also contains caffeine along with vitamin C. It is more nutritious than the colas and cocoa. More than 200 brands are currently marketed in Argentina alone. Argentinians are said to consume 11 pounds of mate per capita annually.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Add 1 teaspoon of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Steep infusion for 10 minutes and drink no more than 3 cups daily. Add honey and lemon if desired.

USE: (How It Is Grown)

Mate grows in South America wildly near streams and is cultivated there and in Argentina.