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, 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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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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