Yerba mate (Spanish:[ˈʝeɾβa ˈmate]; from the Spanish: yerba mate, Portuguese: erva-mate [ˈɛɾvɐ ˈmatʃi], is sometimes spelled in English as maté. Yerba mate’s binomial name is Ilex paraguariensis and is a species of the holly (familyAquifoliaceae).

It is well known as the source of the beverage called mate, traditionally consumed in subtropical South America, particularly northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. It was first used and cultivated by the Guaraní people, and also in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to the European colonization. It was scientifically classified by the Swiss botanist Moses Bertoni, who settled in Paraguay in 1895. …


Tereré (of Guaraní origin) is an infusion of yerba mate (in Spanish) / erva-mate (in Portuguese), similar to mate but prepared with cold water rather than with hot, and in a slightly larger vessel. It is originally from Paraguay, and is found also in northeastern Argentina and southern and western Brazil. When hot (mate), the Guaraní people call this infusion ka’ay, where ka’a means herb and y means water. The scientific name of yerba mate is Ilex paraguariensis. …é




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