Tea & Herbs

Every year, Brazil produces over 500 thousand tons of yerba mate and has a great potential to increase its production. Nearly 80% of that is consumed internally.

News about Tea & Herbs

12/07/2022

Néli Pereira offers a toast to Brazilianness

You may have heard about the worldwide trend of using native ingredients in gastronomy, which is now being revealed in the world of cocktails. In Brazil, it is no different. An infinite number of herbs, tree barks, and roots infused in an alcoholic solution and stored in bottles have permeated our culture since the 17th […]

10/13/2022

Revisiting yerba mate, South America’s heritage

Almost 20 years ago, Ludmila Gallon took the National Rural Learning Service’s (SENAR) course about yerba mate and was delighted. It all happened after she moved to Ilópolis, a city known for the plant’s high level of production. Its name derives from “Ilex paraguariensis” (the scientific name of yerba mate), and “polis” (“city,” in Greek); […]

09/09/2022

EXPOINTER fair gathers thousands of Brazilian rural producers

At the beginning of September, Brazilian rural producers had the opportunity to meet at one of the largest Brazilian rural events, the 45th EXPOINTER, which was held in Esteio, Rio Grande do Sul state. According to its organization, more than 700 thousand people attended the fair, which had 11 thousand participants from more than 137 […]

08/25/2022

Tea, herbs, and spices

Brazil has a historical connection with spices, teas, and healing herbs. For years, our economy was based on the spice trade. Before that, native peoples already used spices, herbs, and teas for treating illnesses and as a mark of our culture. Today, Brazil continues to honor its legacy and stands out in the production and […]

09/03/2021

Brazilian black pepper conquers the world

Brazil has been spicing up the world with an ever-increasing export of black peppers. In 2021, the export volume surpassed 51,600 tons, and consistent growth in terms of value has also been reported. In June, for example, black pepper was a remarkable product in our trade balance data, with a value increase of 90.6% compared […]

08/13/2021

Yerba mate, a precious herb from the South of Americas to the world

Almost 15 years ago, Ariana Maia, a geographer from Rio de Janeiro, moved to Ilópolis, a small town in the South of Brazil. Unlike most of her new neighbors, Ariana was not familiar with chimarrão, a local infusion highly consumed in the region. For generations, her husband’s family grew yerba mate, the medicinal plant used […]