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Mate gives a greenish taste. Mate is rich in vitamins and minerals, it is considered a nourishing all-body tonic. It also can be used as a stimulant to treat mental and physical fatigue and headaches. Mate is an energising drink. Due to its natural caffeine, it stimulates digestion, metabolism, and circulation. Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla in Latin American Spanish.
Modern commercially available straws are typically made of
nickel silver (called Alpaca), stainless steel.