Yerba Mate, The Drink of Health & Friendship - Available In South Africa
Yerba mate (pronounced maté) is the product of the revered Ilex Paraguariensis tree of life. It is delicious when prepared like tea, by steeping the leaves in hot water, and it happens to be fantastic for making iced tea too - like Brazilians love to drink on the beach. Yerba mate belongs to the culture of the Rio de la Plata (river of silver) region in South America which stretches across the boarders of Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. It was the medicine which gave prosperity to the ancient Guaraní tribe; the tonic which nourished baroque Spanish and Portuguese soldiers battling for control of Latin-America and now it is simply the drink of health and friendship available for all to enjoy.