Harvesting Yerba Maté Leaves
Yerba Maté is an industrialized process conducted by various methods depending on the region in S. America. The 3 primary ways for cultivation and harvesting wild organic Yerba Maté, Combination, and cultivated organic Yerba Maté plantations. Though not all are small family farms, Certified Organic like Mendo Maté's brand Yerba Maté. Some small wild harvesting of organic Yerba Maté from the forest is common in small communities but this is far out weighed by large commercial plantations. Small organic and bio-dynamic practices yield better production rates for the growing of natural forests in both the short term and long term. Both natural forest harvest and mixed system cultivation are primarily found in Brazil. Small organic cultivation of Yerba Maté is believed to be the most efficient method of production, this practice has existed by the indigenous Guarani Tribe for 100s if not thousand of years.