Jonesing for a healthy, energizing liquid treat? Englewood, NJ based Bombilla & Gourd creates teas featuring the subtropical plant yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) in 5 tasty flavors: Lemon, Mint & Honey, Peach, Blueberry and Pomegranate. What are the health benefits? They’re USDA organic; contain polyphenols/antioxidants, B vitamins, copper, magnesium and manganese; are low cal; and provide energy. Okay, what’s the “energy” from? It’s from theine, or mateine — the molecular class of xanthines. In other words — you get some kick, but it’s less caffeine than coffee. All of B&G drinks are certified kosher.
One of my nieces spent a college semester in Argentina and part of her cultural experience there was concocting a zippy brew of yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water. Surprisingly, yerba mate is favored over coffee by a huge margin across Argentina. When prepared and shared with others, the yerba mate ritual symbolizes friendship. Bombilla signifies spoon, and gourd is the drinking vessel.
Glean more about mate culture, and Bombilla & Gourd’s story. Get the buzz of this herbal health supplement meets coffee substitute at Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods and many natural grocers.