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Calabash gourds have been first used by the indigenous South American tribes as a utensil for drinking Yerba Mate. Nowadays their use is still in progress and with that their shape & decorations have also progressed! If you are a Yerba Mate lover, then we definitely encourage you to try drinking Yerba from Calabash gourd, and here's why:
How the Yerba Mate Calabash gourds are made?
They are made from the Calabash squash plants that are hollowed out, after a proper cut, then dried, polished & sometimes hand carved with beautiful designs.
How to cure a Yerba Mate Calabash gourd?
Since they can crack very easily, you have to take special care for these types of gourds, but that still should not stop you from having this one in a kind, used for generations, Yerba Mate gourd!
They need to be cured before being used for drinking, so just pour some hot water (not boiling) or a Yerba Mate loose leaf infusion, and then let it sit for approximately 20 minutes. After that take out the water from the gourd and scrape out the first inner layer carefully. Then it's ready for use!
Other important things on which you have to be careful with are:
- Always make sure that after each use of the gourd, you clean it properly, by removing every leaf and stem, and pat the inside walls with a paper towel.
- Always let your gourd have a nice rest after use, in a sunny & dry area.
- Never leave a Yerba Mate in your Calabash gourd for a longer period since it might lead to growing mold inside.
How does a Yerba Mate taste when drunk from the Calabash gourd?
Since this gourd is made out of a plant itself, you will taste extra "nature" flavor after a few times of use, because the gourd will absorb the flavor of the Yerba Mate and will give you a perfect and unique herbal taste!
How to prepare a Yerba Mate in a Calabash gourd?
The preparation process is the same as usual, with one difference: be very careful when inserting the bombilla, since the bottom can be easily cracked.
Despite the special care that these types of Yerba Mate gourds take, this is a historical utensil that truly combines with the uniqueness of the Yerba Mate beverage!