Yerba Mate, Associated Terms and Vocabulary
• Yerba Mate: From the tree, "Ilex
Paraguariensis", cultivated in South America. The yerba is
the leaves; dried and crushed to make a tea-like herb.
A common name for Mate when consumed as a cold beverage, most common
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• Mate: (Two meanings) Mate is shortened
term used to refer to Yerba Mate, but it is also used to refer to
the gourd used to drink mate derived from the Guarani
An English term used to refer to a traditional mate serving.
It is the process of soaking the yerba, and filling the mate with
water and drinking it. Several infusions can be taken from a single
portion of Yerba Mate.
• Matero: A mate drinker, also the “host”
• Matermo: Thermos/Container that the Matero
uses t keeps the water warm/cold between infusions.
How does all this tradition come together?
Mate Senario: The "matero" carries his
gourd (mate) containing the yerba and the bombilla in one hand,
while carrying a matermo of luke-warm water under his arm. In general,
yerba mate is consumed in the morning or afternoon between meals.
Mate drinking is often a shared ritual spirited with friends and
family. The matero prepares and tries the mate. Then, he passes
the mate to another group member who drinks his prepared drink.
Some people prefer to prepare and drink from their own mate.