yerba maté

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yerba maté:

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, yerba maté
, or Paraguay tea,
evergreen tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of the family Aquifoliaceae (holly family). From ancient times Native Americans and now millions of Argentines and others in South America have made a tea (also
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yerba mate

yerba mate

In the Holly family (yes, Christmas holly) Grows up to 45 feet (15m). Simple shaped leaves with serrated edges. Small greenishwhite 4 petal flowers. Red berry-like fruit. Plant contains caffeine and is used as coffee substitute and aphrodisiac. Steep leaves and twigs in hot (not boiling) water. Similar to green tea, maybe a little more bitter. Very popular in South America. Roasting takes away bitter taste, but also many of the beneficial health compounds of the fresh green plant. Doesn’t cause jitters or nervous energy that coffee does. Used to rejuvenate, detoxify body, fight fatigue and increase health and longevity.
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En Misiones, la produccion de yerba mate se basa predominantemente en la pequena y mediana explotacion, la mayor parte de ellas de tipo familiar.
It is this high barrier that keeps Guayaki's Loose Yerba Mate products in premium condition.
The East Coast isn't far behind, offering yerba mate products in most natural foods stores and Earth-conscious coffee shops.
* Amanda exports between 7 million and 8 million kilos of yerba mate a year, says Torres, and has sold a dozen Mate Bar stations in Spain and France and this year expects to head to the United States.
Sellers of yerba mate products claim it raises energy levels, so pairing it with already caffeinated coffee beans could provide quite the boost.
Traditionally steeped and served in a hollowed-out gourd and sipped through a metal straw designed to filter out stems and leaf bits, yerba mate was first consumed by the Guarani Indians centuries ago.
Pour yourself a cup of Eco Teas' Yerba Mate ($5.19), of course.
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