Yerba mate

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Yerba mate plantation in Misiones, Argentina
Bombilla Trinkrohr

Mate or Yerba mate is a herbal tea which is made from the mate-shrub (yerba mate). It is traditionally cooked in a hollowed-out gourd (Spanish: "calabaza") and drunk through a metal drinking tube called "bombilla". The bombilla has a mesh or small holes which avoid that particles of the herb are sucked in. Mate can be brewed either hot or cold.