Hold the Latte and Pass Me a Maté

In the central to southern parts of South America, you will find a unique species of holly that not only grows wild as an understory shrub but also has a large economic impact on countries in its native region. Ilex paraguariensis, commonly referred to as yerba maté (maté for short), is prized not primarily for ornamental reasons but as a caffeinated refreshment!
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Carrie Brown