Here's a little something for all our friends from way down south... in South America.
A "mate" is a utensil made from a gourd, where the top is cut off to form an opening and the interior is then hollowed out. Mate is traditionally sipped through a sipper called a "bombilla." This special slender tube comes with a flat spoon-shaped strainer that is perforated on both sides with tiny holes at the bottom end. The strainer is placed at the bottom end of the gourd and prevents leaves from entering the tube. The tea, known as yerbamate, is made from the dried leaves of a native holly tree and/or from a plant that grows wild along river banks. The gourd is filled with hot (but not boiling) water, the tea is left to steep and is slowly sipped. Custom and ritual practice dictate that the gourd gets passed around and each person present gets a sip of the Maté, a gesture that is intended to enhance good fellowship. This tea is the national beverage of Argentina. It is also drunk all over South America (particularly in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil) and was in use by native peoples long before the arrival of Europeans.
Finished size: 9 x 6" Pattern includes saying in Spanish and Portuguese
This pattern is available as a downloadable PDF file.
Hora del Mate
- Brands Angie Padilla
- Product Code: HMate
- Availability: In Stock