Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Yerba Mate is a small tree found in South America. It's leaves have been used for centuries in an herbal tea-like infusion which is used as a healthy caffinated coffee alternative. It contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 14 amino acids, and is abundant with antioxidants.
Yerba mate is used as a nutritional suppliment, energy booster and as a weight loss aid.
It is traditionally drank from a gourd with a straw which has a filter at the end. It is now available in loose and tea-bag form and can be found in various flavors.
Guayaki is my personal favorite brand of yerba mate. I have tried several flavors but the regular traditional yerba mate is my favorite. The only way to describe its flavor is hay-like... don't let that turn you off, it tastes good. It is good hot or iced and can be sweetened or mixed in smoothies, teas or even cocktails.
I usually get it in loose form as that is the most economical and it gives the most control in achieving the desired strength of the brew.
More information at http://www.guayaki.com/