Yerba mate has its origins in South America, particularly Argentina, Urugay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Chile. It is made by infusing the tea leaves from the 'Yerba' plant in hot water, traditionally in a cup made from a gourd. A 'bombilla' or metal straw with holes, is placed in the gourd and used to sip the hot beverage.
The drink is cherished as a natural healthy coffee alternative, since it has a high caffeine and natural stimulant content.
Yerba mate contains
· 24 vitamins and minerals
· 15 amino acids
· abundant antioxidants