We hear more and more about matethe plant native to south America (between Paraguay and the north of Argentina), but do we really know how to consume it and how to properly to prepare mate ? You should know that there are several ways to consume this plantfrom the traditional method to more original variants, such as the brackish mate or the mate cocido. Mate is widely cultivated in its country of origin, but the plant is now threatened by deforestation deforestation. The maté leaf comes from a tree of several meters in height (on average 4). We will see how to use its leaf to make this drink in the rules of art.
Prepare mate well to benefit from its many associated virtues
The yerba mate has become a popular drink in Europe in recent years, as people have gradually come to know the many benefits of this drink. Indeed, it is rich in antioxidants, vitamin B and iron. It is also low in calories. Drinking it daily as an herbal tea or an infusion will allow you to strengthen your body and your immune system. This drink is made from medicinal plants. Preparing the mate well is also a good stimulant for the digestion and helps to to relieve your headaches and and nervousness. The yerba mate is part of the natural aids to fight against fatigue. Moreover, this drink is depurative with its slimming power and it is used for this reason in many diets. It is also calming and relaxing. Let's come back to the way to consume it. How to prepare the mate? This is an important step since it will impact its benefits.
Preparing the mate, the traditional way
How to prepare yerba mate? If you wish to follow the traditional method, you must get the necessary accessories for the preparation. First of all, there is the calabashthe container of the mate and the bombillaa kind of metal straw. Pour the mate leaves into the calabash, filling it up to 3/4. Then cover the container with your hand and shake it upside down so that the powder stays on your hand. Tilt the calabash so that all the mate leaves are on the same side and pour a little cold water. Then use the bombilla in the lower part impregnated with cold water, suck a few drops and spit it out. Do the same with hot water (it should not be boiling). Your mate is now ready to be enjoyed. To prepare mate well is also to add hot water if necessary to consume the drink throughout the day and enjoy the taste of the leaves and their benefits.
Preparing mate, variations
If you wish to to prepare Argentine mate, you should know that there is a traditional method, but also variants more or less widespread and used. First of all, there is the "mate téréré". This technique is used in particular in Paraguay. It is a method that gives an iced teafresh and thirst-quenching tea, which can be consumed instead of lemonade or water for example in hot weather. For this, you just need to put about 4 spoons of mate in 1 liter of boiling water. Then let it infuse for up to 8 minutes before filtering it. Just let it cool and then add some lemon juice lemon juice, lemongrass or honey to give the drink a pleasant taste.
To prepare the "mate cocido is a second technique. This Spanish term indicates to prepare mate as an infusion, tea or herbal tea. In fact, make it like when you prepare black tea or green tea for example. You can use your usual cup and teapot as well as your tea balls. You just have to measure the mate like tea according to your preferences. Start by putting a little cold water as in the traditional method and then add the hot water. You can let it steep for about 5 minutes before cooling and tasting.
How to prepare mate using the blends?
If you are not a fan of the bitter taste of mateif you are not a fan of the bitter taste of mate, you can use it as a base for preparations with other flavors and plants. For example, it is possible to it is possible to use it in combination with lemon, citrus fruits, honey or coffee. Finally, you can also add certain plants like ginger, mint, chamomile, licorice or rooibos to the preparation to give it a taste more suited to your preferences.