Beneath the rain-forest canopy in South America, the Guarani Indians have been drinking the steeped juice of the leaves of the wild yerba tree (Ilex Paraguariensis) for centuries. They cite numerous health benefits, including increased immune system strength, improved digestion, stress reduction, and stimulation of mental processes.
In 1964 the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society concluded it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value and that Yerba (which translates to “herb”) Mate contains practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life. Yerba Mate is a non-caffeinated drink but it gives some people a "caffeine-like" feeling from the herbal properties of the leaves.
Today, over 300,000 tons of Yerba Mate is produced yearly for consumption in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. Yerba Mate comes from a tree cultivated in South America. In Uruguay, Argentina, and Southern Brazil yerba mate is commonly drank from a gourd with a metal straw. You may drink your Yerba Mate plain or add a little sugar or honey to sweeten it up. Either way, this drink in one that your palate will soon not forget.
Origins: South America
Flavor: Mellow & Grassy Flavor
Health: High In Antioxidants, Increased Immune Strength