Consulado General en Hong Kong

Yerba Mate

YERBA MATE Almost all Argentines love to get together for a drink of "mate", an energizing infusion prepared by steeping dried leaves of the "yerba mate" (llex paraguariensis) in hot water. "Mate" is usually served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a “bombilla”, traditionally made of silver or stainless steel. The water is poured into the gourd from a kettle or "thermo". Another form of drinking mate is as a tea-bag infusion, called “mate cocido”. Scientific studies confirm what long time users of mate have always maintained: this South American herb supports the immune system, helps to promote good sleep patterns, induces a sense of well-being and mental clarity, helps to control the appetite, enhances physical and mental performance and acts as a whole body tonic. The popularity of "mate" has grown over the last decade and it is readily available in supermarkets and health stores in Hong Kong. Many international celebrities have taken up to mate drinking. Perhaps the most notorious mate lover is Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen, who played "King Aragorn" in “Lord of the Rings”! Mortensen, who lived in Argentina while growing up, speaks flawless Spanish with the distinctive tell-tale Argentine accent

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