Yerba Mate Gourd

Mate Gourd - Yerba Mate Herbal Tea

Tradionally yerba mate tea is drank from a special cup or mug called a yerba mate gourd.

These gourds can be highly decorative and are really works of art. They are all unique, and it is difficult to find two mate gourds that are identical.

The yerba mate tea is drank from the gourd using a metal straw,( bombillas) and is symbolic and has a vast history in the Mate drinking South Americas.

History of the Mate Gourd

The mate gourd is often lined with silver, or a sliver or gold rim is placed on the gourd and drank from a silver straw. This became custom in the early 1800’s and was a social symbol. There was great care and detail taken in the making of the mate gourds and silver straws. However, many people drink yerba mate from gourds that are not lined with metal.

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Ebay is one of my favourite places to pick up a mate gourd and bombilla. They are often offered at very discounted prices and you can pick up some great deals. Here is what is being offered for sale right now.

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