Since it's still Yerba Mate Month here at TGS I thought I'd direct your attention to a great page I ran across recently. It's called Yerba Mate Gourds of South America and it's posted at the Arizona Gourds Web site. The site is a showcase for Tucson gourd artist Bonnie Gibson and has some interesting stuff in addition to the yerba mate page.
There's an interesting note here about the correct spelling of mate, which is without the accented "e" that seems to have become common usage. Apparently this accent mark changes the meaning rather considerably. Gibson also relays another great description of what yerba mate tastes like - "drinking grass clippings through a cigar".
A very informative page with some great pictures. Worth a look.
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