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Yerba Mate, the legendary libation of gauchos and vaqueros working the South American lowlands, is traditionally sipped from a mate gourd and bombilla. (Ideally this scenario would include vintage South American textiles and a 19th century estancia.) The hand-crafted hollow calabash gourd* will mature beautifully over the years adding unique nuance to each cup. The bombilla, a perforated straw, performs as a light filter. The gourd must be seasoned, or "cured," prior to using.
*Please note that each calabash gourd is an organic, artisan crafted product and slight tonal and shape variations are to be expected, making every vessel unique and authentic.
How to cure the gourd:
Your gourd is now ready to use! Remember the following notes to keep the gourd in good shape for years to come: