Mate is Argentina nationa infusion, it comes from Yerba mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) is a native tree from the greenforest in South America.
In the wild, this tree reaches a height of between 12 and 16 meters. To perform the harvest, the plants are pruned to a height of 3 meters.
The word derives from the Quechua “mati” meaning gourd (Lagenaria vulgaris).
Yerba harvest is done manually. Begins in April or May, and lasts until September.
After harvesting, the tree regenerates yerba mate and produce more leaves.