How to make yerba mate taste good?
How to make your mate always bitter? How to maintain the right amount of foam? These are only some of the questions that even the most experienced in the infusion ask themselves.
To keep it simple, everything goes in the person who does the priming; we’ll call him the primer. That is, how he knows how to turn it around, when he does it, how he primes the first dunks.
If we want yerba to maintain its bitterness, we must first make a good mound. Once this is done, the challenge will be to maintain foam and flavor.
The first thing to know in this case is that for the first mates it is crucial to feed on top of the straw and then, only when it is already hot, start consuming the yerba we have on the mountain.
In order to avoid overdoing it and losing the mountain, what we must prioritize is to put in the proper amount of water. Remember that we should never pass the hole where the straw is, in other words, just pour water over the unused yerba.
Regarding the moment where mate feels washed, before explaining how to turn it, you need to know when to do it.
As we told you before, it is always vital not to dissolve the entire mountain with water. However, when you see that it is getting smaller and smaller, up to the point of dissolving completely, the time has come to turn it around.
Although what you will see is that there is only a little part of dry yerba left, you must remember that under that green you see, there is also a lot that remains unused.
In case you do not respect the signs, the taste of the yerba will last less than a sigh and you will know the phrase: “It’s already washed.”
The other important point that goes hand in hand with the above is knowing how to turn the yerba. For this they must take the bulb, run a little of the yerba that is dry and is part of the mountain and then form a new one.
Surely, you will have half dry yerba and half used yerba left. This is necessary to continue maintaining the bitter taste and foam, a key to achieving a mate that is pleasing to the palate.
Very hot water is the other aspect to bear in mind if you want to achieve a well-made mate. If it is lukewarm or tending to cold, you will only achieve an ugly and disgusting taste. For this it is essential to have a good thermos.
The best yuyos to add to mate
Adding yuyos to the mate has become a trend nowadays, especially for those who are lovers of the classic infusion.
Although in many cases, people just do it as something to add a special flavor to the drink, some of these plants actually have properties that are outstandingly beneficial for health.
However, in many cases it is difficult to find the yerba mate which best matches what you want to add, that is why it is key to make sure that the combination its tasty… or just try it and find out!
The most popular ones
It is a type of yuyo that acts effectively in cardiovascular problems and gastrointestinal disorders. As for the taste, it is strong and bitter.
As the above, they also deal with gastrointestinal disorders and have digestive properties. In terms of taste, it is strong, but very fresh.
It is a plant that is usually used in Córdoba. It is digestive and acts as a pain reliever for some general ailments of the body, such as headaches or contractures. It feels fresh, which makes it quite similar to mint.
It is one of the most classic in Uruguay and the whole region. According to specialists, It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Some often use it when drinking mate after a meal, especially when eaten in abundance.
There are others who prefer its benefits as a natural relaxant and take it to fall asleep more easily. Its has a sweetish taste.
It is mainly dedicated to combat colic, indigestion, heartburn and other stomach problems. Its flavor is strong, but not that fresh. It is ideal for those who are looking for a well-defined style when preparing mate.
It is digestive and has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Like Marcela, it has a strong and powerful taste that diferentiates it.
Although it is not quite popular in Uruguay, some have begun to use it in their bitter tea after trying the tereré. Its flavor is very similar to that of mint and in Paraguay it is used in summer for its refreshing properties.
Types of yerba mate
1- Yerba mate ginger
This usually has a soft component that works like a traditional yerba suitable for nervous people. The difference is the ginger that eliminates the caffeine while providing other types of properties.
In the local market, one of the best sellers is from “La Selva”, and it comes in its 1kg format.
2- Organic herbs
Few of these are seen in the local market, since it is a quite premium product.
This type of herbs are made with very special care and a unique treatment of the leaves. In addition, they do not have dust nor any type of residue from chemicals, since they do not use other components that do not come from the earth.