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» The Guaraní People and Caá-ete (True Yerba Mate)
Enjoyment of mate (pronounced MAH-teh) dates back to the beginnings of the culture of the Guaraní people of Paraguay, northeastern Argentina and southern Brazil. It was a staple of this people, who consumed it as a drink, sipping it from a hollowed gourd through a reed straw. They also chewed the plant (called yerba mate) during long treks. In the Guaraní culture, mate played a social role beyond that of a mere beverage; it was present in cults and rituals, and yerba mate served as currency when trading with other Pre-Columbian peoples. The Inca, the Charrúa and the Araucano of the pampas all received yerba mate in trade from the Guaraní. In the Guaraní language (also called Guaraní) caá means “herb,” but also “plant” and “forest.” For the Guaraní, the yerba mate tree is the greatest of trees, a gift of the gods. To drink the sap of its leaves was to imbibe the very essence of the forest.
Taragüi with stems, Low Dust, Orange Flavour, Lemon Flavour,
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