History of mate

History of mate

The origins of yerba mate

The origin of mate dates back to the Guarani natives, who used the leaves of the tree as a drink, an object of worship and a currency of exchange with other peoples.

“Caá” means weed in Guaraní, but it also means plant and forest. For the Guarani, the yerba mate tree is the tree par excellence, a gift from the gods.

The conquerors learned from the Guarani the use and virtues of yerba mate, and made its consumption extraordinarily disseminated from their area of origin to all the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata.

Later the Jesuits introduced its cultivation in large reductions .They were responsible for yerba mate was known in the civilized world.

The tradition of drinking mate has remained unchanged since ancient times and for 5 centuries of history, increasingly taking root and spreading to distant places.