How to Prepare Fiji Kava
As with most other kava powders, knowing how to prepare Fiji kava is very similar to other kava processes.
However, it is worth noting that by far the majority of kava drunk in Fiji is drunk using dried kava powder. This aspect differs from other countries in the Pacific which grow kava. For instance, Vanuatu, PNG, Tonga and Hawaii usually prepare their kava juice using fresh green kava roots. This means that the Fijians are especially adept at preparing kava powder, which is what we get in the west. Indeed, many kava “connoisseurs” rate Fiji Kava as the best kava to buy!
How to Prepare Fiji Kava the Traditional Way
The Tools You'll Need
If you’re new to kava, this guide will help you get started with preparing your first batch of traditional kava tea. Use the below equipment:
✔️ A strainer bag (muslin bag)
✔️ High-grade ground Fiji kava root
✔️ Warm water
✔️ Medium-to-large bowl to mix kava in
✔️ Small cups to drink from
✔️ A small kitchen scale
Measure Your Kava
Fiji kava is prepared milder than other countries kava. Fiji kava culture dictates that you drink kava over a longer period of time in large groups. Below is the best water to kava ratios for Fiji Kava Brew:
Now follow the below video which outlines how to prepare Fiji kava traditional style.
Food and snacks to have on hand when you are drinking Fiji kava
Experienced kava drinkers normally have a favorite snack they have to clear the taste of kava after drinking. There are several foods that go well with kava, but the most popular is a nice plate of taro chips. Taro is a root vegetable that grows in the Pacific Islands and South America. The root can be used to make flour or chips, which have a mild potato-like taste. The chips go great with kava because they help cut through the earthy flavor of kava and make it easier to drink.
When you’re sipping Fiji kava, it’s important to keep in mind how the kava will affect your body.
Kava is a mild sedative that can help you relax and unwind after a long day, but it also has diuretic properties. Therefore, it’s best to avoid foods that are high in salt or sodium.
The best foods to have with your Fiji kava are fresh fruits and vegetables, which are low in sodium and high in nutrients. A good rule of thumb is to choose foods that are as natural as possible. Alternatively, go for something that’s as close to its original state as possible (like an apple instead of apple juice).
Fiji kava is also great for helping you get over a case of indigestion or stomach ache. If you have been eating junk food all day and your stomach feels upset, try having some Fiji kava before bedtime instead of taking medicine that doesn’t really solve the problem.