Sunday, January 25, 2009

Terere, Una costumbre paraguaya

I found this Paraguayan commercial on Muna's Blog. It is in Spanish but it shows a lot about Paraguay and especially the importance of drinking terere in the culture here.

My grand daughter sharing terere with a friend at a church soccer match.


This is a silver gaumpa our daughter had made for our 25th Wedding Anniversay. If you enlarge it, you will see our names engraved.

A video explaining how to prepare terere.

I took this photo on a Sunday morning at church.
You see the thermos, guampa and the silver bombilla.


Betty said...

I think it´s great that people are even starting to take their Mate to church. It loosens the atmosphere and is healthy too!

Gringo said...

I enjoyed your posting on something I drink daily,but which I prepare in a Gringo manner.

What I liked about the mate ad was that it said, "This is who we are," emphasized with the mention of solid "soup." Also an effective sales pitch.

You can get a Kilo of mate sin palo ( no wood in it) for $4 here in the US. In organic/ health food stores, it costs four times as much.

Maybe by your tenth yerba mate posting, you will have grown to like it. In the meantime, I admire your being such a good sport about it.

Maybe I should send some yerba mate to Miguel Descoto!

MightyMom said...

what are the herbs that the water is poured through?

Brenda said...

I'm going to do a post on Yerba soon so I will link to this.

Jungle Mom said...

Gringo, When it is hot, and the terere is icy cold...I like it!!!!Very refreshing.

Mighty Mom, That is the terere (yerba mate) the tea.

Anonymous said...

What's the significance of drinking it out of a "horn" shaped object? Is it supposed to be an aphrodisiac?

redneck preacher said...

Until I read your blog I had never heard of this stuff. Now I want to try it. Since my wife is trying to lessen my coffee addiction would this help? I am down to 10cc right in a major vein.


Gringo said...

Redneck preacher: the issue with getting off coffee is the caffeine: headaches until you readjust.

Yerba mate also has caffeine, but not as much as coffee. What I have read about coffee and health effects is that generally it is described as "not harmful," while Yerba mate's reputation is more positive.

If you drink enough yerba mate, you will also get a headache if you stop it, due to the caffeine. I use 1/3- 1/2 cup dry in drinks per day, and that is enough to trigger a headache if I stop. (JM, I imagine that quantity is low to average by Paraguyan standards?)

I don't know how much coffee you drink, but apparently Thugo drinks it by the gallon.

JM: glad to hear you like it cold!There is certainly enough hot weather in your neck of the woods.

Pam said...

What a nice gift, the silver gaumpa!!

Remember when Brian made me some in the church fellowship hall> I thought it was horrible!! I can't imagine getting past that but I'll take your word for it!

I did love the commercial though!

Kathy said...

I've tried making terere but I just can't get it right! :) I follow Ramon's steps, but somehow I'm off! I'll have to watch your video tomorrow (as I haven't time today!)!

Kathy said...

Forgot to mention--that picture of your granddaughter and her new friend is PRICELESS and prizeworthy!

Jungle Mom said...

I have been told, the original were made of wood. I have seen them made of cow hooves as well. I have not heard of it being an aphrodisiac, however, they add herbs to the yerba for just about every purpose so I am sure there is one for that. We buy ours from a little lady who sells on the street corner and gives us all kind of unsolicited medical advice!

Julie said...

What would summer be without terere. My son started drinking it right after he was weened!

Paraguayans do not drink water, so this is what keeps them hydrated!