"Traditionally, yerba mate tea is drunk from a gourd, called a mate, in which it is prepared by steeping the processed dried yerba mate leaves in hot, but not boiling, water. It is then sipped through a metal straw called a bombilla which has holes in it to let the liquid come through, but filters out the leaves. The gourd is traditionally a natural gourd such as calabash."*
Curiosity got the best of me and our guide, Mariella, helped me purchase a mate and bombilla. After curing the mate over the past two days, today I got my first taste of yerba mate. I would characterize the taste as herbal, slightly smoky and smooth, and I will continue drinking it until it is gone. I'm not sure if I can buy yerba mate locally, but it is easily available on-line.
YERBA MATE AND BOMBILLA.
LADDY WAS VERY CURIOUS! I BET HE THOUGHT THERE WAS CATNIP IN IT!
THERE ARE SO MANY MATE OPTIONS BUT I LIKED THIS ONE. IT LOOKS LIKE KEVIN AND ME DOING THE TANGO - A METAPHOR FOR OUR TRIP TO SOUTH AMERICA.