Learning from the Past
Why IKO values the kava beverage
What it is:
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) reached out to all Pacific Islands kava growing regions to clearly define the kava beverage:
“Kava products are derived from selected parts of the Noble cultivars of the kava plant, Piper methysticum G. Forst. in the Family Piperaceae. The parts of the kava plant used to produce kava products may include:
a) Peeled, fresh and/or dried rhizomes (Stump) basal stems (up to the first node on each kava branch); and
b) Fresh and/or dried roots. Upper stems, leaves, peelings (bark), and extraction residues are excluded.
2.1 Fresh Kava Products are prepared using peeled rhizomes, peeled basal stems and/or roots.
2.2 Dried Kava Products may be in the form of intact lateral roots or peeled rhizomes, or peeled chips, or (all) in powdered form.”
How to make Kava
How to make it:
The making of the beverage can be ritualistic or an everyday enjoyable chore.