Kava is a plant that is related to black pepper. It originates from the western Pacific. The roots of the plants have medicinal properties and are used to prepare a drink which works as a sedative and has also anesthetic effect.
Basic information and facts
The plant originates from the Western Pacific.
Mainly in the western Pacific: Polynesia, Vanuatu, Melanesia, Micronesia, Solomin islands, and Australia.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
It’s a perennial plant.
Climate and weather:
It grows well in warm humid climate.
It is a shrub which can reach a height of about 2 meters.
It is propagated from stem cuttings. It cannot reproduce sexually.
The roots which can reach a depth of 60 cm are harvested when the plant is 18 months to 4 years of age.
The roots of the plant are used and have to be prepared by chewing, grinding or pounding. The resulting product is then mixed with cold water to prepare a drink.
Did you know that?
- In some countries, Kava is regulated as it has some toxic effect and can cause liver damage or liver failure.