Yerba Mate ( Ilex paraguariensis)

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European explorers first learned of Yerba Mate in 1592 from the native tribes. Today, the pounded leaves of the caá, known as “erva mate” to those who now live in the lands of the Guarani, are used to brew a rich, stimulating tea, held to be synonymous with health, vitality and long life.

Description

The origins of yerba mate come from the Guaraní natives, who used its leaves as a drink, cult and currency in their exchanges with other prehistoric cultures.

Caá means weed in Guaraní, but it also means plant and forest. For the Guarani, the yerba mate tree is the tree par excellence, a gift from the gods.

The conquerors learned from the Guarani the use and virtues of yerba mate, and made its consumption extraordinarily disseminated from their area of origin to all the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata.

Later the Jesuits introduced its cultivation in large reductions .They were responsible for yerba mate was known in the civilized world.

The tradition of drinking mate has remained unchanged since ancient times and for 5 centuries of history, increasingly taking root and spreading to distant places.

European explorers first learned of Yerba Mate in 1592 from the native tribes. Today, the pounded leaves of the caá, known as “erva mate” to those who now live in the lands of the Guarani, are used to brew a rich, stimulating tea, held to be synonymous with health, vitality and long life.

They get together to refresh themselves around a fire, socializing and passing around the “cuia,” as the gourd is called, so all can have a drink of the Yerba Mate. The ancient custom of drinking the pounded Yerba Mate herb in a gourd still survives and is a day to day habit among the people that now inhabit these lands.

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Weight 1 lbs
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