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It's Foodie Friday! Polynesian Kava




Friday, March 25, 2011
Serving Kava at Kanaka Kava on The Big Island of Hawai'i
Taken by One Brown Girl® (2009) 
Have you ever had kava?  An elixir made from the kava root, it has been used by Polynesians for ages for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes.  [Wiki] 

On a trip to The Big Island of Hawai'i a few years ago, curiosity got the better of me and I went to a Kava bar with my husband.  I kept seeing signs around the island that touted kava as a stress and anxiety reliever and I figured, hey, that sounds interesting.  Of course, my husband had to be my guinea pig and drink it because (a) I'm not drinking anything that looks like dirty dishwater, and (b) because I'm not drinking anything that looks like dirty dishwater.   (Plus, it isn't sweet.) #nottryingtobemean

Kava plant aka Piper methysticum
After one cup (you should have seen me staring at him while he drank), he said his lips and tongue got a teeny tiny bit numb and tingly and then he felt like he had just had a glass of wine.  Okay...I thought as I looked at all of the people throwing back cup after cup of kava...at least he didn't start hallucinating or anything.  #whew
Although rare, you might be interested to learn that there have been some arrests in the United States for driving under the influence of kava.  (Click here and scroll down to the middle of the page for the details.)  I'm not hating on the dishwater kava users/drinkers, but come on, don't drink 16 cups and then get in a car.  #loser
Have you ever tried kava?  #whyamIthirstyallofasudden?

3 comments:

nathaliemvondo on: March 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM said...

Your post is so funny! Why are you thirsty all of a sudden?

Never had Kava, but I'm now curious to know what it tastes like. I would love to know how it's made as well. There are some drinks that are fermented with saliva. I hope it's not one of those... #whyamithirstyofallasudden

OneBrownGirl.com® on: March 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM said...

If you click the link for Kanaka Kava, you can see how it's made there.
Ooooh nooooooooooo @ fermented with saliva. (No longer thirsty.)

Andrea @ ForkFingersChopsticks on: March 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM said...

Great post. Sounds like an adventure. I'll have some on my next trip.

 

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