Any awa fan will tell you that fresh is best - and very hard to find. That’s why FruitStand is so proud to ship fresh, minimally frozen awa from our specialty farm partners in Hawaii directly to you. Also known as kava, awa is usually found in a convenient powdered form for use in mixing up batches of earthy tea that gives a natural, physically calming effect without intoxication. Fresh awa is vastly preferred by enthusiasts because it’s less processed and known to produce a more potent and flavorful tea.
Once you’ve mastered the process of brewing awa (see our recipe here), you may become creatively curious about kava. If you’re wondering how to drink awa tea beyond the original recipe, try this chai-inspired awa tea with flavors of warm spices like clove, ginger and cardamom. This recipe replaces the traditional black tea in chai with a fresh batch of awa, and sweetened with pineapple juice.
Because this beverage can be hecka relaxing, we recommend talking to your pediatrician before offering this drink to the little ones.
Keep reading for a sweet and spicy take on this loamy-tasting, comforting beverage!
Awa Chai Tea Recipe
Begin preparing this soothing brew by slowly simmering crushed, warm spices, fresh water and pineapple juice on the stovetop. Then, the spices are strained and combined with brewed awa.
If you prefer a touch of creaminess in your chai-inspired awa, FruitStand recommends warming up some creamy coconut or cashew milk for the best flavor and texture. Then aerate the tea using a whisk or frother for a smooth, chai-like texture.
Enjoy tea with a bit more spice? Keep the grated ginger in the brew rather than straining it to impart a tasty heat. Be certain to remove all of the spices, since biting into one of them can be overpowering in flavor.How did you like this awa recipe? Try even more awa recipes from your FarmStand fam on our blog. And nothing makes us happier than when we see you enjoying your fruit! Every time you share your FruitStand experience, you’re supporting small farmers and helping other fruit geeks discover rare and delicious produce sustainably. So show us how you enjoy your FruitStand delivery by mentioning us @FruitStandcom on Instagram to be featured in our stories!