Yerba Mate Pajarito. Need help!

I received a lot of tea yesterday, five packages of it, actually! I thought I’d drink it today, but when I opened the box it looked very unusual, like small wood chips, and smelled a little funny. But what do I know? The packaging says Yerba Mate Pajarito, and everything is in Spanish.

So, do you know if this is a regular tea? Green tea? Have you tried it? Please, help! I have so much of it.. I took some pics.

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12 Responses to Yerba Mate Pajarito. Need help!

  1. I haven’t tried it before, but it looks interesting!

    Just stumbled by your blog & I absolutely love it! :)

  2. Patricia says:

    It’s a green tea, and it’s supposed to be steeped in hot, not boiling water according to the internet. If you google the “yerba mate” you’ll get lots of information in english. The “pajarito” is the brand, meaning ‘bird.’ I speak spanish, so that’s how I know, but I’m sure you could find a lot more information on the web. :)

  3. Susie says:

    I love Yerba Mate! I drank it all of the time when I was finishing my Master’s dissertation. The taste is a a bit earthy, but it has a lot of good health benefits. It also functions like caffeine but without the icky side effects (ie coffee jitters). Let me know what you think!

  4. Margaret says:

    Yep, the active chemical is mateine, but it acts like caffeine. You get less per cup than from coffee or most teas, but most argentines drink a couple of liters of mate a day, so it’s plenty a kick! You can brew it like regular tea in a pot or a diffuser, but in the traditional mate cups you just put in the mate and water together and then drink it through a straw with a mesh sieve at the bottom of it. Lots of people drink mate here in Chile where I live, but in Argentina *everyone* is either carrying their cup and thermos or drinking mate practically constantly.

  5. Leia says:

    It looks like green tea to me!

  6. Your mum says:

    Это матэ, ударение на А. Южноамериканский напиток, описан, например, в книгах Жоржи Амаду. Говорят, он вредный, если пить его сильно горячим, заваривать надо не кипятком, а водой 70 градусов. Очень тонизирует и бодрит. Обычно заваривают в большом специальном сосуде и все поочереди оттуда пьют через трубочку (по книгам). Я не пробовала.

  7. Rocio says:

    Hey girl! My family is from Argentina (mom) and Paraguay (dad) so we have mate pretty much every day! You don’t have to do it this way, but the way we do it is with a gourd and a straw (bombilla). You can google it and see some pictures of what that should look like. My mom likes her mate sweeter and with hot water, so she creates layers: at the bottom some sweetener, then a layer of mate, a little bit more sweetener, etc… till you fill almost to the top. When that is ready, you pour the hot water into the gourd and drink, it is a communal tradition! My dad on the other hand likes to fill the cup with the yerba and use cold water with lemon squeezed in it. His country is very hot, so it is refeshing for them to have it that way during the summer! I am talking too much :-p I hope you enjoy it!!!

    • Antonia says:

      Thanks for your explanations! I, of course, googled it, and I saw these special devices for mate, the round ones. I didn’t know they were called bombillas though. Unfortunately, we don’t have them here, otherwise I’d love to try it!=)
      Just curious, where do you live, if you’re both from Argentina and Paraguay?

      xox
      Antonia

  8. Rocio says:

    The spanish name for the straw used is called bombilla, I think you will really love the mate nomatter how you get to drink it! :-) my dad met my mom in argentina when he went there to study, and then they got married and had me,and came to the united states when I was very young so he could study some more! That is why we are in texas now, life is a big adventure!

    -Rocio

  9. Rosana says:

    Hi Antonia
    My husband and me represent this brand Pajarito for Australia, it is a good tea, just follow the instructions for how to drink it, you are going to find it really nice.
    If you need any help just jump into our website http://www.ausamgroup.com and you will find the extense variety of how the tea is processed and how to drink it. Also we have links to the Yerba Pajarito Web site.
    Hope you enjoy it.

    If you need

  10. julio augusto says:

    bueno dejame contarte que lo que tienes es un pack o combo de yerba mate paraguaya y de la marca Pajarito precisamente soy de la zona donde se produce esta yerba mate aqui en las colonias unidas itapua paraguay,la fabrica de yerma mate pajarito esta en bella vista sur itapua paraguay,esta yerma mate natural es un arbusto pequeño del cual se van cosechando las hojas de acuerdo a la temporada de cosecha,estas hojas reciben un tratamiento natural de secado y molido para posteriromente y luego de un exaustivo analizis poder exportarlo a todo el mundo,es ideal para una bebida muy tipica nuestra EL TERERE O EL MATE,tambien COCIDO QUEMADO,para mas informacion estare aqui saludos cahu chau

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