Every kavalactone in your relaxing shell of kava has traveled a great distance to ease the stresses of your day. Here’s the life cycle of a typical shell of kava:
There are over 100 different varieties of Kava that have been hand selected by farmers over the last 3,000 years. Kava doesn’t reproduce naturally so every new plant must be cultivated using the stems of existing plants.
The average yield of green rootstock is 10-20 kg per plant. Some roots can measure over 6ft in length and require multiple people to harvest.
Fresh kava roots are carefully washed to remove soil particles without damaging the root. The roots are then cut and sorted into smaller pieces before sun drying for a few days.
Kava root chips are typically shipped in breathable polypropolene woven bags. These bags allow the kava to continue to dry while in transit.
Dried kava roots are ground into a fine powder by machine or hand.
Kava root powder can be stored for years in dark, dry, and airtight bags.
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