Yerba Mate is a traditional South American tea-like drink made from the leaves of the yerba mate tree, which are native to the Misiones and Corrientes Province of Argentina. Originally championed by the Guarani, an ancient people indigenous to the South American rainforests, the history of yerba mate can be traced back many centuries and today the delicious and versatile drink continues to be enjoyed across the globe, with Argentina as the world’s leading producer.
While classic green tea has long been touted as the best detox beverage and matcha has been gaining traction in recent years among top trending drinks, yerba mate deserves a whole lot of credit of its own. A traditional beverage in South America, and the national drink of Argentina, Yerba Mate has an even higher polyphenol content than regular green tea. And the list of benefits doesn't end there!
Yerba mate can be prepared in a variety of ways, many of which you're already familiar with. Try it as a traditional hot drink using loose leaves and a strainer or infuser, or use a french press, coffee machine or tea bag as you would your regular coffee or tea. Cinnamon, cloves, grated coconut, honey or milk make excellent flavorings for the hot preparation, or try it iced with fresh lemon and a dash of sugar on a hot day for an unexpected twist on traditional iced tea.
From cold-brewed mate tea to a frozen tropical mate smoothie, explore some of our favorite ideas for enjoying yerba mate.
Meet our nutrition expert, registered dietitian Keri Glassman. Known for her whole-person approach to healthy living, Keri is sharing her tips and tricks on how she enjoys yerba mate, and explaining why you should incorporate this nutrition powerhouse into your daily routine.