Organically and Ecologically Grown. Yerba Mate is the most popular drink in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and South of Brazil.
Millions of people enjoy Mate as a daily tonic for optimum help.
Nutritious and stimulating, Yerba Mate delivers 24 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids. Traditionally believed to ensure health and vitality, Yerba Mate is consumed to induce mental clarity, sustain energy and balance the body.
Workers and students drink Yerba Mate relying on its array of nutrients to power them throughout the day. Drinking Mate is also a daily ceremony. El Mate is shared from a traditional mate gourd, symbol of hospitality and friendship. People steep mate with other yuyos (plants) to prepare herbal tonic mixtures. As an herbal base, Yerba Mate acts as a catalyst to enhance the healing power of other herbs and helps them assimilate into the body.
Enjoy ANNA PARK Yerba Mate smooth, full-bodied flavor.
Yerba Mate Tonic Properties
- Helps detoxify the blood
- Induces Mental clarity
- Sustains energy levels
- Tone the Nervous System
- Combat Fatigue
- Boosts Immune System
- Helps relieve Allergies
- Improves Mood
- Increases Libido
- Improves Digestion
- Aids Weight LossHigh Antioxidant
Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B complex
Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Silicon, Phosphorus. 15 Amino Acids, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavenols, Polyphenols, and trace minerals
¨This is a family industry. We are small producers. We have two small farms of 75 has each one in the heart of Misiones Province, Argentina, The Nation’s Yerba Mate Center. We think it’s good to keep small because we can control and guarantee the quality of our products.(PRODUCTION) ANNA PARK Yerba Mate is 100% natural and healthy for you and the environment.¨
The ANNA PARK Biological Reserve has 13 has. of natural unexploited subtropical rainforest. ANNA PARK is a Private Reserve, part of the Green Corridors for the Protection of Bio-diversity, and protected area under the Ecology Ministry administration of Misiones Province. The ANNA PARK Biological Reserve protects many native vegetal and animal species. As an alternative, the Yerba Mate cultivation generates sustainable income for the reserve.
When you enjoy ANNA PARK Yerba Mate you are also Protecting Nature.
The Birth and Growth of a Yerba Mate ANNA PARK Plantation:
Yerba Mate, Ilex Paraguariensis, is an evergreen member of the holly family native to the subtropical rainforest of South America. The Yerba Mate seeds are small and hard to break. The sprouting process takes six months. Once they sprout, the small Yerba Mate plants grow in a nursery for two years and then are transplanted at level curves in the fields. The distance between plants is 3 x 1.5 meters. Planting the green cover is the next step.The Green Cover: domestic plants such as Curatu, Avena Negra Criolla and others, including foreign species like Vicia Villosa y Pasto Elefante (elephant’s grass) are interplanted with the Yerba Mate plants. The green cover enriches and nourishes the soil, Keeps it moisture, Protects plants from the summer hot weather. Provides large amounts of organic material, Fertilizes the soil and Helps to keep clean the Yerbal by controlling the overgrowing of other weeds. Thanks to the Green Cover we do not use herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers that pollute the soil, water and plants. Caring for the Yerbal (Yerba Mate plantation) and the Environment is the same thing for us.
Harvest time (la Tarefa): Once they sprout, the Yerba Mate plants reach harvest size in six years. It’s time for the first harvest. The yerba mate is a tree carefully trimmed to facilitate the harvest. The Yerba is hand-picked by the Tareferos (harvesters) who select the leaves and thin stems with the help of scissors or erruchos.
ANNA PARK Yerba Mate blend has just 20% of stem (palo) This is the perfect balance between the leaves and stems (palos) very important to obtain a premium quality Yerba Mate with a noticeable longer-lasting flavor. The harvest usually takes one day, the yerba is collected in a hundred-kilo (220 lb) sacs called Raidos and take it to the Secadero (factory) ANNA PARK Yerba Mate is made in the traditional artisan style.
The elaboration takes many steps:
"Oreado": the yerba is air dried overnight
"Barbacua": is a very big smoke-free oven where the Yerba will stay for other 15 or 20 hours to assure is perfectly dry (especially the stems) "Canchado": is the Yerba’s first grind. Now we have Yerba canchada."Zaranda": the big stems are taken away and the yerba is packed in 50 kilograms (110 lb.) sacs.
"Aging": the sacs of Yerba are aged for two years in the Noque (especial dark barn or chamber) this is a very important stage. The Yerba will slowly lose the extra chlorophyll and get the yellowish tone, sign of quality and healthiness. If the Yerba Mate is not properly aged can cause digestive problems."Final grinding": leaves and stems are separated and grinned in different mills to avoid excessive dust caused for extra grinding the leaves and to control the perfect balance, afterwards stems and leaves are mixed again.
"Packing": the Yerba mate is weighted in a vibratory weighter and the pack is filled without pressuring the content. Once packed, the Yerba Mate must be used within 12 months, after this it will slowly lose its flavor and quality.
There are many different ways to drink Yerba Mate:
Traditional gourd: with a gourd and bombilla and hot water. Add aromatic and medicinal herbs or sweetener to taste.
Milk Mate (Mate de leche): with a gourd and bombilla, using hot milk instead of water. Add mint, cinnamom or sweetener to taste.Terere: with a glass and bombilla, use cold water. Add ice, aromatic herbs, fruits juice or sweetener to taste.
Hot Tea (Mate Cocido): use one teaspoon per cup in a tea filter. Steep for 2-5 minutes.
Mate Express: Brew in a french press, coffee/espresso maker.
Sun Tea: let steep in the sun until it is rich amber color (about 20 minutes). Add mint or lemon to taste.Iced Tea: Brew tea and add ice (or brew cold). Add lemon, mint or sweetener to taste.
Iced Lemon-Mate: Half Iced Mate Tea, Half lemon juice. This is a popular drink in Brazilian’s beaches.Mate Soy Latte: Just add honey and vanilla soy milk. Great hot or iced!
Mate Soy Chai: (same as above) just add: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper.
In hot preparations, first moisten Yerba Mate with cold water to protect nutrients and flavor. NEVER BOIL YERBA MATE.