Yerba mate tea is a traditional brew that is prepared by steeping the leaves of the Yerba mate tree in hot water. It was the indigenous Guaraní people who lived in the region what is now known as Paraguay who first discovered how to make Yerba Mate tea and take advantage of its amazing rejuvenating properties. It has since become a favorite social drink among most South Americans. Its acerbic, woody taste may be a turn off for lovers of sweet sugary drinks, but its amazing health benefits have started to draw the attention of health conscious consumers around the world.
For over 5000 years, tea has been playing a major role in the life of man. From the politics of the Boston tea party to the tea ceremonies in China and Japan, tea has kept man socially connected. But that’s not the only interesting thing about this popular beverage. Tea is known to offer a number of health benefits thanks to the presence of flavonoids that have rich antioxidant properties. But is all tea good tea? Not necessarily so. It all depends on the type of tea you buy and how you brew it. Loose leaf tea is a great example.
Having a hot cup of coffee or tea is a great way to start the day, but in South America, you’ll find people waking up to a cup of special herbal brew called Yerba mate. The Yerba mate is said to be more stimulating than coffee, offering all the health benefits of tea and giving you the euphoric feeling you get when you consume chocolate. Its no wonder that this drink is referred to the “drink of the Gods.” This unusual brew is more popular than coffee or tea in states like Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil and is even considered the national drink in some regions.