Gourds & Bombillas

Goucho & Maté


Mate (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmate]), also known as chimarrão   or cimarrón, is a traditional South American infused drink, particularly in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, southern states of Brazil, south of Chile, the Bolivian Chaco.

Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla in some Latin American countries, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or in general a masassa (type of straw) in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of silver. Modern commercially available straws are typically made of nickel silver, called Alpaca, stainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa, while in Brazil it has the specific name of cuia. Even if the water comes in a very modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates or cuias.

Drinking the yerba mate is considered to be more than just good for the body; it's also considered to be good for the soul. Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.

Taking Care of Your Gourd

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