Mate, Traditional drink from Argentina
There is nothing that is more traditional of an Argentinean than the mate. It’s the traditional tea and drink of Argentina and a huge part of their culture.
Yerba mate is a herb with green leaves which are picked, dried and chopped into yerba. Everyone in Argentina drinks mate, and they even have a special way to drink it – from a hollowed-out gourd (though there are wood and fiberglass cups available too),
with a metal straw that has a filter on the end. The drink is special because it comes with a lot of customs in regards to how it is served and shared, and one of them is that it is almost never consumed at cafés or restaurants, but instead at home, the office or at the park. There are a few cafés around Buenos Aires to try mate though.
- Las Cholas/Las Cabras (Arce 306/Fitz Roy 1795) A parilla with two locations where you can find the traditional mate.
- Nonna Bianca (Estados Unidos 425) is an ice cream shop that offers mate, as well as mate flavored ice cream! If you visit this spot you get to keep the mate, bombilla, and bag of yerba mate.
- Cumaná Rodriguez (Peña 1149) Another parilla with a budget friendly menu serving mate.
We all love drinking mate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The health benefits of yerba mate go beyond mental stimulation and energy boosting. Yearba mate clearly contains a powerful nutrient profile, yerba mate is more than just caffeine. Some of the health benefits that follow are less widely known, at least to those of us not living in a mate-drinking part of the world.
- Yerba mate provides a smooth increase in energy.
Latin American Yerba mate is well-known for providing an energy boost that’s been described as gentle, clean, and calm. Compared to the other most commonly used stimulants in the world such as coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guaraná — yerba mate delivers the most balanced energy boost, according to Guayaki, North America’s top yerba mate distributor.
- Yerba mate boosts mental functions of all kinds.
Most people want to be as smart, productive, focused, and creative as possible and yerba mate may just help you do that. Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine, the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. The brain enhancing benefits of caffeine are commonly known. It enhances memory, mood, and alertness. It is natural and super effective.
- Yerba mate is a nutritional powerhouse loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Yerba mate is so loaded with nutrients it contains practically everything needed to sustain life.
Each serving of mate contains the following vitamins and high concentration of these minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur and zinc.
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