Today we present to you the Kava tour, Ozia style!
But before that, do you know what Kava is? Kava is an earthy mixture made from the pounded root of a pepper plant species. It has ancient roots in the Pacific islands.
Kava was grown throughout Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia for its medicinal and relaxing properties. The domestication of kava in the Pacific islands and other regions have existed for thousands of years. Kava’s a big part of Fijian culture. In ceremonial occasions such as the sevusevu, kava is offered to a guest or a chief.
Now let’s take you back to the Adventurous Life of Kava.
Oceania: The World of Infinite Possibilities
The journey starts from the world of Oceania.
Oceania represents the regions in the Central and South Pacific Ocean, a geographic region that includes Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It spans across the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
The region of Oceania is extremely diverse in terms of its geography and environment. You have mountain ranges, volcanoes, glaciers, tropical forests, coral regions. So much happens in this region that you need a lifetime or perhaps more to fathom its sheer beauty.
Oceania is so huge that it constitutes 14 countries (as shown in the image) and is home to kickass cultures.
For our tour, the regions we are peeping into are:
|Melanesia: Home to Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New guinea.|
|Polynesia: Home to Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and a thousand other sets of small islands.|
|Micronesia: An area with over 1200 small islands which include Palau and Pohnpei.|
The Three Musketeers
Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia together form a strong alliance of cultural diversity. But what makes them work for Kava?
Well…these regions lie in a warm equatorial band between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. This kind of environment supports the growth of many agricultural products such as coconuts, bananas, and our favourite kava.
Kava harvesting requires a lot of labour. A typical plant needs over 3-4 years to grow fully. Without this time, it cannot provide its true therapeutic qualities of relieving anxiety. It requires an immense amount of patience. The patience pays off as it is considered to be a cash crop for all three regions.
Kava is typically grown in climates that range from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18-25 Celcius). You also need very sunny climates, with lots of natural water and humidity.
The beauty of the South Pacific regions of Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia is the power of soil too. Multiple crops can be grown with Kava. The harmonious existence of many crops together make farming a profitable affair for many people in these regions.
Kava is demanding but it loves you back with its flexibility to co-exist with other crops and help you by giving off good profits too. That’s a deal we all want, ain’t it?
Of course, now it’s obvious why the South Pacific is so great for kava production. However, there are other mainland US states beyond Hawaii that have proven to be conducive, including Florida, Texas, Southern California, and parts of the gulf coast.
Good news is – its wings are spreading and the shared love for the shrub continues to grow stronger and stronger. If you are wondering how to join the community then think no more! Try our earthy, tongue tingling Kava Kava Candy. Just click here and start your journey today.
The Multiverse of Kava
Yes, Kava candy exists and so do many other forms! The diversity of Kava cultivation has resulted in many innovative products around the world such as Kava Latte or tea or adding fruits to not only tolerate its taste but also enhance its effects.
Kava’s forms are like the Marvel Comics characters. Each character brings something new for the audience and they kickass. People love them and want to ease their anxiety. They want to feel light and have positive mental health. In this quest, businesses and individuals will continue to experiment with Kava. We are certain that we will be witnessing more innovative products soon. Excited?
Did you know?
So far we looked at the geographical map and the weather conditions Kava needs to flourish and thrive. Now we bring to you some lesser known facts about it:
- The most popular Kava are: Awa in Hawaii, kava in Tonga, and Yoqona in Fiji.
- Vanuatu is considered to be the origin of this plant’s life but to be honest, it’s still a mystery. Nobody knows for sure where it all started?
- Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Pohnpei, and Hawaii are sites of the largest production.
- Kava is infertile. It’s okay though. Our farmers know how to grow it still. They use the method of propagation and utilize its node to cultivate more plants.
- It has an infinite name across the world. So don’t be surprised when you hear someone offer you Malogu 😀
Do you know more fun and informative facts about Kava? Let us know by our live chat and we’ll add them here with your name. :-)!
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