Yerba Mate - What Is It, Anyway?
Yerba mate has been gaining ground in the United States over the last few years, but despite its growing popularity, many people still aren’t sure what it is or where it comes from. We’re here to explain and celebrate this incredible ingredient.
Yerba mate is nothing new to folks in Paraguay, Argentina, and and a handful other South American countries, where the drink is practically the national beverage and prized for its energy boosting properties.
What’s to love?
Yerba mate is a source of natural caffeine, which gives you a sustained boost of energy with no crash. It is also a rich source of polyphenols - the compounds that support cardiovascular health, healthy digestion, and maintaining a healthy weight. Even better, our yerba mate is fair trade certified, sustainably harvested, and certified organic - so it's good for the land and for the people who grow and process it.
How is it made?
Yerba mate is a bit like tea, but has its own unique preparation and serving techniques. To make it, dried leaves of the yerba mate plant are mixed with hot or cold water in a special gourd, which serves as a drinking vessel. As it steeps, the infusion takes on a unique flavor that is herby, grassy, and a bit musky. Consumption is highly ritualized and often communal, with the gourd shared and replenished with water as it makes its way around a group of friends - it’s all part of the experience!
How does Hawaiian Ola use it?
We use yerba mate in two of our product lines: our sparkling noni energy drinks (caffeinated flavors) and our noni energy juice shots. Coupled with the anti-inflammatory and immune supporting benefits of organic Hawaiian noni, our drinks and juice shots offer both natural energy and a host of health supporting benefits.