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Beautiful collection of mate cups at the Puerto de Frutos market, El Tigre Argentina. Mate is the national drink of Argentina, a type of tea

Beautiful collection of mate cups at the Puerto de Frutos market, El Tigre Argentina.  Mate is the national drink of Argentina, a type of tea

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Mate' is very high in caffeine and has a lovely smokey flavor.  If we look closely at the cups, I believe they are the traditional sort, made from embellished gourds.  It's drunk using the "straws".  There's a nice version available in the US, 'Morning Thunder' which is combined with black tea, 'Celestial Seasonings' brand.  I've even seen mate' available loose at my local natural foods store where they also sell the cups.

 

Fun to see them in situ, DrF.

 

 

Yes, those are gourds that are decorated (among the nicer ones we saw).  You cal pick from all kinds of cups, though, ranging from cow horns to hooves to porcelain cups to whatever.  

 

Drinking mate is a social event, to be shared among friends.  You never use more than one straw (everyone sips from the same) and saying "thank you" means you've finished.

 

I'll have more on mate in the future, PM, as you might have guessed  

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I guess you have to make sure none of your friends have the flu before going out !

Although the drink sounds like a good thing to drink if you are sick.

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