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Mate, 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, and the Bolivian Chaco. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.

Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. In some Latin American countries the straw is called a bombilla. The straw is traditionally made of silver.

The method of preparing the mate infusion varies considerably from region to region. The most common preparation involves a careful arrangement of the yerba within the gourd before adding hot water and turning it upside-down when it is almost ready.

Many people choose to pour warm water into the mate before adding the straw, while others insist that the straw is best inserted into dry yerba.

Drinking the yerba mate is considered to be more than just good for the body; it's also good for the soul. Drinking it can be a form of meditation or reflection - allowing the goodness to infuse into the body while stimulating and resting the mind.

It is the national drink in Argentina though Paraguay and Uruguay, also happen to claim nationality over the beverage, and drinking it is a common social practice in parts of Brazil, Chile, eastern Bolivia.

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References

Mate (beverage), en.wikipedia.org

How to Make Yerba Mate, www.wikihow.com

Mate, The national beverage of Argentina, itotd.com