Also called Yerba Mate (in Spanish) is a leafy plant largely consumed in South America and it is mainly used to prepare a type of infused drink called Chimarrão. Alex Atala, the world renowned Brazilian chef created a different use for Erva Mate in an innovative recipe called Sweet Potato with Erva Mate Béarnaise in which he ingeniously infuses Béarnaise Sauce with Erva Mate. I would love to try to make that beautiful recipe one day. Erva Mate is available online*.
*Availability in Australia, please check your own country’s online stores, supermarkets or South American Grocers for Brazilian ingredients.