Kava Kava or Ava: Ritual Drink of the South Pacific Islands

 Kava kava (Piper Methysticum) is a lush, leafy green member of the pepper family, from the tropical islands of the South Pacific.

Kava kava whose Latin name Piper methysticum literally translates as “intoxicating pepper” has been used for centuries, by the inhabitants of the South Pacific Islands -as a ritual drink, a social beverage, and also as a medicine.

Food & Drink in Somoa

Food in Samoa derives mainly from tropical crops, root vegetables, coconut products, fresh fruit, pork, chicken and, of course, seafood. The traditional Polynesian feast is cooked in an umu, an above-the-ground oven. The traditional Sunday meal is nearly always cooked in the umu. ‘Ava or kava is a drink made from the ground roots of pepper plants and has a mild tranquilising effect. It is usually drunk as a prelude to ceremonial gatherings and village meetings.

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2 thoughts on “Kava Kava or Ava: Ritual Drink of the South Pacific Islands

  1. Kava roots cafe in salt lake city Utah introduce me to my first authenticate kava experience. When the island music started playing live I realized my anxieties & depression were gone. I’ve been drinking kava every night since and I am off prescription meds. Kava, kava kava, kava root & kava roots cafe changed my life and attitude.

  2. Iced Kona Kava!! I was hugged with “Aloha!” at KavaRootsCAFe in SLC, UT at 815 e 2100 s. Polynesian Art on the walls, island Reggae music playing Live & my drink: coconut milk, a hint of cinnamon, agave, honey, 100 percent organic Kona coffee, with a strong strain of pure Kava! My mind was clear but my body & strained muscles were relaxed & stress free!! Euphoria= KavaRootsCafe!

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