Product: Mate Powder
Latin Name: Ilex paraguariensis syn. Ilex paraguensis.
Plant Family: Aquifoliaceae
Other Names: Maté, Caa, Chimarrão, Cimarrón, Yerba Maté, Erva Maté, Congonha, Erveira, Erva-Verdadeira, Ilex Maté, Houx Maté, Jesuit's Tea, Brazil Tea, Gón Gouha, Paraguay Cayi , Hervea, St. Bartholemew's Tea, Thé de Saint Barthélémy, Thé des Jésuites, Thé du Paraguay, Yerba Mate & Paraguay Tea.
Description: Native to Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay, mate is now also widely cultivated in Spain and Portugal. It is an evergreen shrub which can grow into a small tree reaching a height of between 6-15 metres. The leaves are oval or lanceolate, shiny, dark green with a yellowy mid rib and are 7–11cm in length with a serrated margin. The 4 petaled flowers are small and greenish-white in colour.
Interesting Facts: Did you know that mate tea contains about 1/3rd the amount of caffeine per cup as coffee? Mate tea is also loaded with amino acids, vitamins including A, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, C & E, and minerals including Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Zinc. Coffee contains fewer vitamins and minerals than mate.
Mate powder can be added to smoothies and shakes and drunk as a tisane. No other non-medicinal uses are known for this herb.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.