Yerba Mat , (pronounced herba-may-tay), also known as "Jesuit's tea," comes from the South American Indian name mat meaning "drinking vessel" or "gourd". Jesuits added the word "yerba," meaning the herb of excellence. This tea grows mainly in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, near streams and rivers and puts forth large white flowers. Mat is grown for its leaves; they are harvested and dried from December to August. When roasted, Yerba Mat becomes complex and full of body, a perfect substitute for your morning coffee. Little wonder this is the preferred beverage of many South Americans.
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