This Argentinian Yerba Maté has been certified organic since 1993, and is especially made Tao of Tea to contain only leaves. Often, Maté can be found in the marketplace containing both leaves and stems of the plant.
Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) is an evergreen plant of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The plant can reach heights of 10-12 meters but is generally pruned at about 4-6 meters. Although the plant does produce small flowers and fruit, only the distinct oval-shaped leaves and stems are plucked for processing.