Mate Gourds are roughly the size of an average apple, some are a little bigger, some are a little smaller. It varies because they are a natural product.
A mate gourd is a dried, hollowed-out vegetable gourd that has been hand-carved with great care. To ensure a long life: Do not drop your gourd. Always be sure to rinse out your gourd when you are done using it, and let it dry completely.
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Drinking mate is a symbol of hospitality. As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd.Typically, the host, prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends. The host drinks the first serving, testing the waters to ensure that only a smooth running mate is shared.Then the gourd is refilled with water and passed counter-clockwise with the bombilla (straw-filter) facing the recipient. Each person drinks the entire gourd: "you share the vessel, not the liquid." The recipient of the gourd has as much time as needed to finish the serving. After the last few sips of the mate are gone, the gourd is returned to the host, and refilled, following around the circle until the ceremony is complete.