One of my readers asked where can she reconnect with yerba mate, here in Southern California around the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood. The place I buy mine is:
Luis Meat Market _ Yerba Mate
Luis Meat Market
9071 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242 (at Rose Street)
Tel: (562) 622-1188
They have a new place:
Luis Meat Market Bellflower
10308 Artesia Blvd., Bellflower CA 90706
Tel: (562) 461-1111
They have large variety of products from Argentina, Paraqguai, Uruguai, and “mucho mas” (much more). My brands are Tarragui, Cruz de Malta, Rasamonte, but there are at least 5 other brands to choose from: In the end they are all the same plant- Ilex paraguariensis (Synonyms:I. paraguensis, I. mate, I. domestica, I. sorbilis )
I enjoy the natural dried (not smoke dried), and “sin palo” (without twigs), but some are into “con palo” (with twigs) and smoke dried. Most important thing about this tea: Do not boil, do not add to boiling water, but rather let the water cool for a minute (160-180°F is best for preparing.)
Another thing is: You can buy tea bags, or loose (by the kilogram -2.2 lb), or both (that’s what I do, so I can make tea at work. I make a good quantity of tea green tea, and yerba mate tea, in my 12 cup coffeemaker (perfect temperature interval). The truth is: I drink green tea like water, and it helps control my blood sugar, cholesterol, and appetite.
But daily workout is crucial for a healthy life, at any age. In two generations we changed our traditional lifestyle so much, and what we eat, and how. Two generations back sugar was in many households a Sunday treat, while today it is added to every processed food, making it impossible to avoid. Like many others I believe that food needs to be natural, instead of processed.
I’ll leave you with a question: Where do you buy your yerba mate?