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What is kava?

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Kava is also known as Ava, Kava Kava, Yava, Yangona. This is a fermented drink of the roots of a pepper plant that grows 205 feet high in hot, swampy areas of the Pacific Islands. The roots are dried, then mixed with water or saliva and allowed to ferment. It is said to be nonalcoholic but causes drowsiness.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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