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LIMITED PRODUCTION ANNA PARK Yerba Mate
This is the product of the Ecological Reserve Anna Park, produced by the Barney Family. They are small producers, who have two small farms of 75 hectares, in the heart of Misiones Province, Argentina. Keeping it small they can control and guarantee the quality of the product. ANNA PARK Yerba Mate is 100% natural and healthy for you and the environment.
SUSTAINING THE SUBTROPICAL RAINFOREST:
The ANNA PARK Biological Reserve has 13 hectares of natural unexploited subtropical rainforest. ANNA PARK is a Private Reserve, part of the Green Corridor for the Protection of Bio-diversity, and a protected area under the Ecology Ministry administration of the Province of Misiones, Argentina. The ANNA PARK Biological Reserve protects many native vegetal and animal species. As an alternative, the Yerba Mate cultivation generates sustainable income for the reserve.
When you enjoy ANNA PARK Yerba Mate you are also Protecting Nature!
The Birth and Growth of a Yerba Mate ANNA PARK Plantation:
Yerba Mate, Ilex Paraguariensis, is an evergreen member of the holly family native to the subtropical rainforest of South America. The Yerba Mate seeds are small and hard to break. The sprouting process takes six months. Once they sprout, the small Yerba Mate plants grow in a nursery for two years and then are transplanted at level curves in the fields. The distance between plants is 3 x 1.5 meters. Planting the green cover is the next step.
The Green Cover: domestic plants such as Curatu, Avena Negra Criolla and others, including foreign species like Vicia Villosa y Pasto Elefante (elephant’s grass) are inter-planted between the Yerba Mate plants. The green cover enriches and nourishes the soil, keeps it moist, protects plants from the summer hot weather, provides large amounts of organic material, fertilizes the soil and helps to keep clean the herbs by controlling the overgrowing of other weeds. Thanks to the Green Cover no herbicides are used, pesticides or fertilizers that pollute the soil, water and plants. Caring for the Yerba Mate plantation and the environment means the same thing for the Anna Park production.
ANNA PARK Yerba Mate is made in the traditional artisan style.
Harvest time (la Tarefa): Once they sprout, the Yerba Mate plants reach harvest size in six years. It’s time for the first harvest. The Yerba Mate tree is carefully trimmed to facilitate the harvest. The Yerba is hand-picked by the Tareferos (harvesters) who select the leaves and thin stems with the help of scissors or saws.
ANNA PARK Yerba Mate blend has just 20% of stem (palo). This is the perfect balance between the leaves and stems, which is very important to obtain a premium quality Yerba Mate with a noticeable longer-lasting flavor. The harvest usually takes one day, the Yerba is collected in a hundred-kilo (220 lb) sacs called Raidos and take it to the Secadero (factory).
The elaboration takes many steps:
  • "Oreado": the yerba is air dried overnight.
  • "Sapecado": the yerba is flash-heated at 900 degrees for few seconds and slow dried at a lower temperature for twenty minutes. The yerba loses around 30% or 40% of its humidity and the leaves show little stains from the high temperature.
  • "Barbacua": is a very big smoke-free oven where the Yerba will stay for other 15 or 20 hours to ensure it is perfectly dry (especially the stems).
  • "Canchado": is the Yerba’s first grind. Now we have Yerba “canchada”.
  • "Zaranda": the big stems are taken away and the yerba is packed in 50 kilograms (110 lb.) sacs.
  • "Aging": the sacs of Yerba are aged for two years in the Noque (especial dark barn or chamber). This is a very important stage. The Yerba will slowly lose the extra chlorophyll and get the yellowish tone, sign of quality and healthiness. If the Yerba Mate is not properly aged it can cause digestive problems.
  • "Final grinding": leaves and stems are separated and grinned in different mills to avoid excessive dust caused for extra grinding the leaves and to control the perfect balance. After this step stems and leaves are mixed again.
  • "Packing": the Yerba Mate is weighted in a vibratory scale and the pack is filled without pressing the content. Once packed, the Yerba Mate must be used within 12 months, after this it will slowly start to lose its flavor and quality.

  • Organic Yerba Mate
  • Gluten Free
  • Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B complex
  • Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Silicon, Phosphorus. 15 Amino Acids, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonoids, Polyphenols, and traces minerals.
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Nutrients *based on study from National University of Chemistry and Exact Sciences, Misiones, Argentina, 2009.

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Energetic value (kcal)

44,3

Carbohydrates (g)

9,82

Sugar (g)

2,97

Proteins (g)

1,03

Total fat (g)

0,00

Saturated fat (g)

0,00

Trans fats (g)

0,00

fiber (g)

0,56

Sodium (mg)

15,66

Iron(mg)

1,56

Calcium (mg)

33,61

Magnesium(mg)

66,97

Phosphorus(mg)

18,29

Vitamin B6 (mg)

0,51

Vitamin C (mg)

2,53

Thiamine (mg)

0,85

Niacin (mg)

1,31

Caffeine (g)

0,38

Total ashes (g)

1,45

 
The ANNA PARK formula: YOU TRY IT, YOU LOVE IT!
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