Kava chips and roots
Chips represent approximately 75% of the kava.
All our kava chips are 100% from Noble varieties, and all peeled and sun-dried.
At present, most of the chips are exported to the New Caledonian market, which loves the milky easy drinking smooth taste of the kava prepare with this product.
We normally pack them in 15 Kg bags for easier manipulation and storing. Chips are not bulky like the roots, and 8-9 ton can be loaded in a standard 20` FCL.
Roots represent approximately 25% of the kava.
Their taste is slightly more bitter, but they have a lacton content usually more than 50% higher than the chips.
They are more bulky, and a 20`FCL will contains 4t500 to 5t500. The US market love them because of their strength.
The Vanuatu Law authorized the export of basl stump (“first two rings”) but this rings have a very low lactone content. We are not buying them and not exporting them.
Kava skin or peelings
The kava skins –if coming from an above the ground stump part-(but there is no way for buyer to know if it is coming from above or below ground)- have a high probability of containing a toxic alkaloid (pipermethysticin) (protecting the plant from insects/rodents attack) which is scientifically proven to be hepatotoxic. This could be –along with the export of tudei kava- one of the reason of the toxicity of some kava products that have lead to the German ban early 2000.
WE ARE NOT EXPORTING PEELINGS WHICH ARE DANGEROUS AND WE BELIEVE THEIR EXPORT AND USE SHOULD BE BANNED