"maté kettle"
Creative Commons AttributionMaté - Credit: Juan Pablo Olmo

Made from the dried leaves and twigs of the Yerba maté plant, a holly indigenous to parts of South America, maté (pronounced mattay) tea is traditionally drunk from hollowed-out gourds or metal kettles. It's a ritual still enjoyed several times a day, especially in Argentina and Paraguay, where the kettle is passed from person to person and the tea drunk through a straw. It has a bitter taste that the uninitiated can find alarming.

How to make maté: