Green Yerba Mate from Argentina is prepared by steeping dry leaves of the mate plant in hot water rather than in boiling water. It is consumed similar to a tea, more traditionally hot, but sometimes cold.
Drinking mate with friends from a shared hollow gourd with a metal straw (a bombilla in Spanish, bomba in Portuguese) is a common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among people of all ages.
Medicinal drink of ancient origins. High in vitamin C, an antioxidant, considered weight loss tea. Can add to other teas as a caffeine boost.