Yerba Mate

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yerba mate nashvilleYerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. These rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment in yerba mate.

It is also very popular in Syria where it is imported from Argentina. It was first used and cultivated by the Guaraní people and in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to the European colonization. Yerba mate can also be found in energy drinks.

Buy yerba mate tea below or drop by our Nashville tea shop.







$4.95 – 1/3 cup yerba mate tea (makes about 10 cups of tea)

Drinking mate with friends from a hollow gourd (also called a guampa, porongo or mate in Spanish, or cabaça or cuia in Portuguese, or zucca in Italian) through a metal straw (a bombilla in Spanish, bomba in Portuguese), refilling and passing to the next person after finishing the few mouthfuls of beverage, is a common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among people of all ages.

Yerba mate contains Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex; as well as the Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc.

Yerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it’s got about 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate has significant immune boosting properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and prevent many types of cancer. Yerba mate also helps reduce stress and insomnia.

for weight loss: Yerba mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer. Combining yerba mate with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.

you can find the following yerba mate teas in our Nashville store or buy them right here, online:

Yerba Mate – Plain yerba mate. Long hailed in South American countries as a healthy, energizing social beverage, Yerba Mate is finding a new audience in North America. Notable is its ability to provide energy without the jitteriness suffered by coffee imbibers.

Minted Mate – a blend of plain yerba mate and pure peppermint leaf. Adds the cooling taste of peppermint to the uplifting mate plant. Good with honey as well.

Mocha Nut Mate – The mellow chicory-like character of our Brazilian toasted mate is a perfect platform for a favorite indulgence – chocolate! Add a bit of hazelnut and you have the perfect treat. Great straight up or enhanced with cream and sugar this mate chocolate hazelnut is sure to entice your taste buds. Mocha Nut Mate is an herbal beverage from Argentina that contains caffeine.

Roasted Mate – This toasted finely cut version from Brazil is mellower, yet fuller bodied and a great alternative to coffee. The toasting process is similar to coffee roasting and yields a darker, deeper cup that still offers its energizing effects. It has a toasty, comforting chicory note that takes milk and sugar well.