Can you eat kava powder?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat kava powder?”. We will also elaborate on the taste of kava powder, different recipes in which kava powder is used, preparation of kava powder, and advantages of kava powder. 

Can you eat kava powder?

Yes, we can eat kava powder. There is no harm in taking kava powder. Kava can be taken in multiple forms like in the form of tea, powder, and liquid form. 

Kava powder is manufactured from a concentrated mixture. This mixture is prepared by taking kavalactones that are extracted from the root of the plant by using ethanol or acetone.

The taste of kava powder

The taste of kava powder is like a powder that has both a bitter and spicy taste. According to some people, kava powder tastes like mud and dirt. 

Kava powder has some active ingredients which can create a distinct numbing sensation in the mouth.

The nutritional content of kava powder

Following are some nutrients that can be obtained by using kava powder

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium

How to Prepare Kava Powder

Following are two different methods to prepare kava powder:

  • Traditional method: In this method, we will use a cloth filter with the powder. Then it will be mixed into a large bowl of water by hand. The preparation time for this method is about ten to fifteen minutes. But this method is not very fast.
  • Fast method: In order to prepare kava powder fastly two ways can opt. We can use either an AluBall kava maker or a blender. Blender is preferred when larger kava batches need to be prepared. 

But If you just want a quick cup of kava or are taking your kava with you on your way to the park for a picnic, the AluBall is hard to beat.

Different recipes in which kava powder is used

Following are some recipes in which kava powder can be used as an ingredient

  • Kava power energy balls: After combining all the ingredients in a bowl, we will make nut butter and oats as a base, then all the add-ins, ending with the powder, honey, and melted oil. All the ingredients are stirred carefully and are evenly mixed. 

After these are mixed properly the mixture is rolled into balls. It will be much better if we use a baking sheet with parchment to place them on. 

This must be put into the fridge for almost twenty to thirty minutes so that it becomes hard. It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and can be used for up to one week.

  • Kava tea: after heating water at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, water and kava root are added to a regular blender. These must be blended for about four minutes. We must not let the water boil otherwise it can make the liquid congeal and we will face straining issues. 

High-speed blenders can be used as these are much powerful and have the capability to keep water hot for a long time. A muslin nut milk bag or mesh strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth is used to pour the liquid.

  • Kava root cocktail with ginger ice cubes: In the first step, one cup of ginger is sliced. Then it will be boiled in six cups of water for about an hour. After boiling we will cool it and strain it. Once these are cooled, they will be frozen to cubes. 

Once we get these cubes, just add a serving of kava root extract to a couple of ounces of juice and a squeeze of lime in a cocktail glass. Stir, top off with Pellegrino sparkling water, and your ginger cube.

The benefits of kava powder

Kava powder is very beneficial for health. Following are some benefits that can be availed by using kava powder

  • Anti-anxiety effect: Primary benefit of kava powder is that it helps to relieve anxiety. Like other medicines which are used to release stress, kava powder doesn’t have any side effects. 

However, before recommending it, research must be carried out to determine the dosage amount and effectiveness of kava powder.

  • Sleep promoting effects: Kava powder is very useful to promote sleep because it has anxiolytic effects. Due to this reason, this is used as an alternative therapy for sleep disorders. 

But according to research that was carried out in 2015, there is no strong evidence that kava powder can be used in the treatment of sleeping disorders.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat kava powder?”. We have also elaborated on the taste of kava powder, different recipes in which kava powder is used, preparation of kava powder, and advantages of kava powder. 

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324015#is-kava-kava-safe

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.