Terminology – Mate tea, Yerba mate, erva??

In short, none of the above!  Ilex paraguariensis is actually a tree. It’s not an herb (Yerba in Spanish) and it has nothing to do with the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis).

In can all get a bit confusing really Luckily though, Krithika from Meta Mate in Berlin has written a detailed article about it aiming to educate Mate drinkers about an important mistake in its linguistic history. To read the article in full, follow the link below.

Krithika à yerba-mate – an english ode to precision