Awa, as it’s known in Hawaii, is a plant commonly known as kava. Awa is known for its relaxing effects and distinctively earthy, bitter and numbing flavor. Loved for its natural calming effect, awa is often enjoyed to promote a feeling of relaxation and ease, naturally and without intoxication. Even though awa does not contain alcohol, people who love it say that it makes you feel more social without losing your inhibitions.
The root’s earthy-dirt flavor is similar to a beet, without the sweetness. This complex flavor is far from fruity, making it a taste worth acquiring for the benefits.
Awa root can be found in powdered, dried and rarely in fresh root forms. At FruitStand, we’re proud to ship you fresh, minimally frozen awa which is a rare find that awa lovers covet. Just about every part of the awa plant is edible, and they rarely produce seeds.
Keep reading to learn all about how to enjoy awa!
Awa is predominantly prepared as a viscous beverage by mashing, squeezing and pulverizing the awa in warm water. This method allows the awa root to soften, expand and release the sticky kavalactones that give the drink its body and heady effect.
All you need is a mesh bag (often used for nut milks), a large bowl, warm water, a meat tenderizer and a little elbow grease. See our awa tea recipe for full details.
By far, the most popular way to enjoy awa is by drinking it. Once you’ve learned how to brew fresh awa, you’ll never go back to powdered!
Here are some easy ways use awa in your drinks:
Don’t let tea have all the awa fun. You can also use awa for:
Awa has a short shelf life, so proper storage is key. Use these tips to keep your awa fresher for longer.
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