Palo Santo is a hardwood native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Mate cups made of Palo Santo are popular because this fragrant wood contributes to the flavour, especially when used over time. The bombilla is non-oxidising, curved for comfort of drinking, and can be taken apart for easy cleaning.
This wood is especially fragile, and as such should be cured to prevent splitting. To cure a palo santo mate, you should rub oil or butter on the inside walls. Add yerba mate leave and a small amount of water – enough to wet the leaves only not too much – and leave for a day. This process seals the pores and increases the life of the mate. For detailed information, read more about how to cure a mate or gourd.
This mate cup is hand turned and the size can therefore vary slightly, but the average dimensions of this mate cup are:
Diameter at the widest point – 6.5cm
Height – 10.5cm
Volume – 110ml