This gourd is the traditional drinking vessel for Mate, Its made of a small dried pumpkin. This can lead to black spots inside the pumpkin, but this is not a lack of quality.
Instructions for use: In the Mate countries of South America it is a tradition that everyone prepares their own Mate drinking vessel. Traditionally the following procedure has to be carried out:
- Fill the drinking vessel to about one third with mate tea. - infuse with hot water - no need for removing the Mate leave because of the strainer in the bottom of the straw.
Cleansing: When cleaning, it is important that all tar residues are removed. If necessary, the residues can be scraped out with the drinking tube. The drinking vessel must then be dried. After rinsing, it is best to put it upside down on the radiator so that the warm air rises and dries the vessel.