Mate Tea Info
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Mate teas are made from the South American yerba mate plant. Most yerba mate comes from Argentina; at these plantations, the leaves and stems of yerba mate are harvested and then blanched, dried, aged, and finally milled or cut. This Mate makes a delicious, boldly flavored tea that is traditionally consumed in a gourd with a filtered straw and shared among friends.
History of Yerba Mate Teas
Early South American tribes had discovered the wild yerba mate plant and considered the mate tea “the drink of the gods.” During the 16th century in Argentina, the Spanish conquistadors took a liking to the mate tea and spread the consumption of this herbal tea. Eventually it was Jesuit missionaries that spread mate tea drinking and the creation of yerba mate plantations to other parts of South America. The Jesuits found the secret to successfully growing yerba mate was the use only seeds that passed through the digestive system of certain birds. This secret left with the Jesuits when they were expelled in 1769. Much later, a French botanist figured out the secret of yerba mate seed germination but then disappeared. By the early 1900s, the secret revealed itself again and cultivation of yerba mate tea on plantations resumed.
The Best Yerba Mate Teas
The best mate tea for coffee drinkers is My Morning Mate Tea. It combined black tea, mate tea and a touch of spice for that coffee flavor you enjoy. Samurai Chai Mate is the best spicy mate tea. Full of strong spices, herbs, and citrus flavors, this mate is a treat for all your senses. But for a fruitier flavor, try Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate tea and throw in a touch of our Rock Sugar. Absolutely delicious! View all Teavana Mate Teas.
Mate Tea Preparation
To prepare mate tea, 1 tsp. of loose mate tea should be added to 8oz of boiling water. The mate tea should steep for 5-6 minutes.