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Taragüi, La Merced is a brand of a parent company
Las Marias. They are considered to be a more expensive and sophisticated
yerba mate, and are known for their high quality and limited production.
The special nature of La Merced is due to the particular climates and soils in which it is grown, as well as special processing. These make it a yerba mate of superior quality and limited production. Campo, De Monte and Barbacuá are a line with unmistakable flavors and all the other characteristics of the best yerba mate, produced by those who know
Pronounced [yer-bah mah-teh] (or [sher-bah mah-teh] in
Rioplatense Spanish). Also known as Ilex paraguariensis, a holly plant natively grown in South America, paricularly in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil (the term
erva mate is used there more often). Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as
mate in Spanish, or
chimarrão in Portugese. Oftenly, the term yerba mate is used to describe not only a plant, but also a final product of grinding, drying and aging the plant.
Pronounced [mah-teh]. Traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, very popular in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil (the term
chimarrão is used there more often). It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of
yerba mate in the
gourd. Sometimes the gourd itself is referred to as mate.