© Copyright Oscar Grillo 2008
Mate en el patio / Mate (*) in the patio.
Edgar Hayes & His Orch
Just A Quiet Evening (1937)
Note from el editor
Stimulating tealike beverage, popular in some South American countries -mainly Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay-, brewed from the dried leaves milled (or crushed) -yerba mate- of an evergreen shrub or tree (Ilex paraguariensis) related to holly.
It contains caffeine and tannin but is less astringent than tea. To brew mate, the dried leaves (yerba) are placed in dried hollow gourds (mates) decorated with silver and covered with near -but not- boiling water and steeped. The tea is sucked from the gourd with a tube, often made of silver, with a strainer at one end to catch leaf particles. Though usually served plain, mate is sometimes flavored with milk, sugar, or lemon juice.