A traditional mate cup, a natural gourd, made from a hollowed out and dried fruit casing of the calabash. Back to basics! Is free-standing finished with a metal rim.
This mate gourd is hand-made, so dimensions could be slightly different.
The mate is a cup that is used to drink yerba mate. The most traditional type – the gourd – is made from the dried, hollow fruit of the calabash plant. It is important that you cure and care for your natural gourd properly, in order to prevent splits and mould formation. See our relevant guides:
How to cure and care for my gourd
As gourds are a natural item, the item you receive may differ slightly from the photos. It is also important to expect an item that is not smooth and finished on the inside like a ceramic or wooden mug. The inside is likely to be rough. It may have some rough patches and some leftover debris such as pith and seeds. The colour may range from beige to green to brown, to any patchy combination on the inside. Your natural mate cup is just that – natural!
This mate is made from a hollowed out gourd, and therefore each cup will vary in size. The average dimensions of this mate cup are:
Diameter at the widest point – 8.5cm
Height – 9cm
Volume – 250ml
More Information on The Natural Gourd
The traditional cup to use for yerba mate is a gourd. It is made from the hollowed and dried fruit of the calabash plant. If you are choosing this natural gourd, then you are making a very specific choice. The natural gourd is not to everyone’s liking! What does a natural gourd bring to your infusion?
Here are some reasons why people choose a natural gourd:
It’s the most traditional recipient
The gourd itself imparts flavour on your yerba mate. It brings an acidity and bitterness to the taste.
Your gourd is personal to YOU.. no two pieces are alike
A gourd is a sustainable item