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What is the Cold Herbal Tea Paraguayans Drink?

Paraguayan summer temperatures can reach temperatures as high as 40C /104F and one of the best ways to stay cool during these scorching heatwaves is drinking cold terere. Not only will this help hydrate you but it will also replenish minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids lost through sweat. Terere is an ancient beverage, frequently served alongside yerba mate or other medicinal plants.

Terere is a refreshing South American drink that serves as an ideal alternative to coffee, made of yerba mate leaves, herbs and cold water – or mixed with sugar or lemon juice to sweeten it further. Popular among Paraguayan culture as an essential part of their cultural heritage; Terere offers an energy boost with every sip! Enjoy it daily to give yourself an extra boost of vitality!

Yerba mate (known in Guarani as “chimarro”) is a traditional South American beverage typically enjoyed with the aid of a metal straw called bombilla and gourd made of guampa. First popularised during colonial rule and still enjoyed today, many South Americans make sure they keep a thermos of it on hand so they can sip from it throughout their day for an energy boost.

Terere’s centerpiece ingredient is yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis). Additionally, various medicinal plants are utilized to boost its therapeutic qualities and cleanse and thin the blood more fluidly; informants have reported that using Terere to accomplish this aim helps prevent thick blood from being an indicator of disease by improving circulation.

Most herbs added to terere are used purely for flavor and aroma enhancement, although certain others are thought to have specific medicinal uses; aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) has been said to aid digestion, reduce pain and relieve indigestion; Cinchona camaronensis has anti-inflammatory properties while Allophylus Edulis (Koku) may provide anti-diabetic and cholesterol control properties as well.

To create the terere, a gourd is filled with about half to three-quarters of its capacity with yerba. After that, other medicinal plants such as cinchona prickles are added, followed by allophylus edulis on both sides for decoration.

Final steps involve mixing in cold water and adding sugar, with some people adding an additional spoonful for extra sweetness. Terere is then served to the group; with each person receiving their round clockwise. Some prefer adding ice cubes as an additional way of cooling their drink further; depending on season and individual tastes terere can also be sweetened with either sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon or cloves as a spice addition – or both!