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What is Yerba Mate?

Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) is a native tree from the green forests of South America. The Guarani, ancient people of the land, believed the herb to be a divine blessing and began the tradition of brewing its leaves into a tea-like beverage, the Yerba Mate tea, consumed for its multiple health benefits for the body and the mind, elevated to the status of a community practice, bringing the individuals and the society together. The name of the herbal drink derives from the Quechua “mati,” which means gourd and refers to the age-old manner of drinking Yerba Mate.
History of Yerba Mate

Mate has been consumed, in Argentina, for as long as history can remember.

According to Guarani history, the herb was presented to them by the goddess of the Moon, Yari. A gift from the Gods, Yerba Mate was believed to be extremely valuable. Tribesmen would get together to drink Mate and end their days with relaxed minds and refreshed bodies. The absolutely natural health benefits of drinking Mate every day enhanced the productivity of the society as a whole.

The drink was made in the hollow fruits of the long melon trees and drank with a silver straw, called bombilla.. The community would sit in a circle, together, after a long day of productive labour or in the lunch hours—enjoying the gourdful of Mate, passing it to the next friend or family member, enjoying the bountiful harvest of Nature, in each other’s nurturing company.

Archaeological evidence suggests that the drink was associated with the royalty and exclusivity under the Inca Empire, the largest empire in pre-Colombian America.

The drink was made popular in Europe, as a healthier alternative to the Asian Tea and Coffee. Infusions of Mate were developed. In the times of the traumatic World Wars, Mate with its balance of natural elements became a source of comfort for the West.

The drink has outlasted time, empires, and, political conquest. For centuries, it has brought the mind, the body, and the community, together. A visit to Argentina is considered incomplete without having a cup of Mate, or the modern iced and bottled versions of the beverage. The drink remains a strong source of peace and relaxation, strengthing social and national bonds.

Yerba Mate in
The World

Argentina is the largest exporting country of yerba mate in the world.

Yerba mate is consumed by thousands of people in different countries around the world because of its nutritional properties and variety in the ways of consumption.

The National Institution of Yerba Mate (INYM) is located in Posadas, Misiones Province, Argentine Republic.

It was created with the objective of promoting and strengthening the production, industrialization, trading, and consumption of the yerba mate and its by-products.

Yerba Mate in
The World

Argentina is the largest exporting country of yerba mate in the world.

Yerba mate is consumed by thousands of people in different countries around the world because of its nutritional properties and variety in the ways of consumption.

The National Institution of Yerba Mate (INYM) is located in Posadas, Misiones Province, Argentine Republic.

It was created with the objective of promoting and strengthening the production, industrialization, trading, and consumption of the yerba mate and its by-products.

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