Yerba Mate from Wegmans

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Yerba mate, with chunks of stem and leaf, a pale dull green color

Jan 11th, 2011, by Alex Zorach

This picture shows organic yerba mate purchased at a Wegmans supermarket. Wegmans has a surprising selection of loose-leaf teas and herbal teas.

Yerba mate is one of the few plants other than tea and coffee to contain appreciable amounts of caffeine, and the drink produced by steeping its leaves in hot water is, in many areas, including the U.S., the most popular natural caffeinated beverage after coffee and tea. Yerba Mate tends to be much less expensive than tea, which tends to be much less expensive than coffee. This particular batch, certified organic, was only $8.99 a pound.