Mate is a very typical drink in South America, which was known long before the colonization. Not only the native people drank the Mate tea, made by crunched, dried leaves of the Mate bush, also today around 80% of the Argentinians, for example, drink it at least once per week.
The evergreen Mate bush is since many thousands of years domestic in the forests of South America. Here, the perfect climatic conditions for optimal growth can be found. The plant grows up to 14 meters, which is as uncommon for a tea plant as its oval leaves, which grow up to 20 centimetres. For this reason, some more modernized growing areas use cultures that only grow about six meters.
Mate has many therapeutic characteristics, which are scientifically proven. It is very rich in vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2) and minerals. Due to its caffeine content Mate has moreover a vitalizing effect on mind and body. It is slightly diuretic and fosters the development of gastric juice and salivation. Therefore the product is in Germany even allowed as natural remedy against tiredness. Due to the feeling of fullness that Mate creates, it is also traditionally used for diets.
During harvesting the young leaves are picked and have to run through a complex drying process. After this the leaves will be crunched in coarse pieces and the stems will be removed. Now the raw Mate has to naturally ripe for 24 months, which gives the tea a slightly yellow colour. Through this process, the content of acid strongly decreases.
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