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Yerba Mate Calabash gourds: a complete guide

Stephan Blazevski

Calabash Yerba Mate gourds were used for centuries, first by the indigenous people in South America to drink Yerba Mate, and today added to a many Yerba Mate lovers, gourds collection as a special piece!

Yerba Mate Calabash gourds
                                                                                   photo by: Paride D'Ostilio
Calabash Yerba Mate gourds are made from squash plants that are cut, hollowed out, dried, polished, and often hand-carved with some nice design.
We're offering a few tips on how to perfectly take care for this unique Yerba Mate gourds:
After each use, you have to get rid of every leaf and stem
- After cleaning, always place it in a sunny, cool, dry area so you can prevent mold
- Never leave a Yerba Mate in the Calabash gourd for a long time or it might grow some mold in it
- Never use any chemicals while cleaning (soaps) just use warm water
 
Since Calabash gourds are very fragile, they also need to be cured! That's a very easy process although it might sound to you as a very complicated: Fill the Calabash gourd with hot water for about 20 minutes and then scrape the inside walls.
 
The special thing about Yerba Mate Calabash gourds is their ability to absorb the Yerba Mate flavor so that the next time Yerba Mate will taste even better!
With the natural feeling, their rich history, and long-lived tradition Yerba Mate Calabash gourds outstand other gourds and are definitely worth having!

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