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Old 05-11-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
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Argentinian drink - Yerba Mate

Has anyone ever tried the Argentinian Drink called "Mate"? Does anyone know what it is? or if its good or bad for you?

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Old 05-11-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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Are you refering to Yerba Mate? I have had it. I was not impressed. It tasted OK, but not great. It was fun to drink though.
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I agree that it is an acquired taste. If you've been raised drinking Yerba Mate you probably think it's great, but I don't think that I could drink it long enough to acquire the taste. Just like the "down under" staple/treat called Vegemite (a yeast extract) is relished by those who grew up with it, I still cannot go back for seconds.

Yerba Mate is a tea and I do not care for hot tea although I drink iced tea daily. Perhaps if I tried it cold it would be more appealing.

Here's a link that will go into history and details:

http://www.noborders.net/mate/what.html
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I did not find it to be an aquired taste. I just did not think it was all that great.
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:24 PM   #5
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Yerba Mate comes in two types,smoked and non smoked. I drink the non smoked and have been for about 7 years as part of my diet to control blood pressure. For me it is good hot or cold.
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:39 PM   #6
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Here is a site that tells all about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:49 AM   #7
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I agree that it is an acquired taste. If you've been raised drinking Yerba Mate you probably think it's great, but I don't think that I could drink it long enough to acquire the taste. Just like the "down under" staple/treat called Vegemite (a yeast extract) is relished by those who grew up with it, I still cannot go back for seconds.

Yerba Mate is a tea and I do not care for hot tea although I drink iced tea daily. Perhaps if I tried it cold it would be more appealing.

Here's a link that will go into history and details:

http://www.noborders.net/mate/what.html
Vegemite, I wasnt raised on it, but i have a jar of it in my cabinet. mmm. The same with mate, I drink it hot, but I use a good amount of sugar.
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I agree that it is an aquired taste. I had to drink it for a while before I got the taste for it. I prefer mine with sugar and lemon.

There are, however, many different mixtures with different flavors. I prefer a sweeter mixture with some peppermint thrown in with the others.

It is traditionally served in a wood cup and drunk with a silver straw that features a filter at the end. The mate is tossed into the cup with the hot water and the filter keeps you from sucking up the leaf particles.

Mate is all about socializing. It is drunk with close friends, usually sitting in a circle (like a peace pipe).
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:25 PM   #9
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Just keep in the back of your mind that like all herbal teas, Yerba Mate is a medicine, and should be treated as such - with due care and caution. Do not use if on a caffeine-reduction diet, of if suffering from fibrocystic breast disease. Excessive use can be purgative and emetic. Caffeine is addictive.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:41 PM   #10
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Thanks for the health tip, daisy. So it's a central nervous system stimulant, sounds like a morning thing then.

I've never had it, either, think I'd heard of it but had no idea what it was.

Interesting....
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