FOOD OF FIJI
Normally, the inhabitants of the Fiji Islands eat with their hands, sitting on mats on the floor. The food is based as in the rest of Asia in rice, supplemented by other foods typical of the islands as taro, breadfruit trees, s
weet potatoes, cassava, fish and coconuts.
In recent years there has diversified food due to strong immigration asiatica (Chine and India) and the European food due to tourism.
One of its traditional drink is kava. Originally, the drink was prepared by virgins, which masks the root mass to produce a smooth before adding water. It is from the root of the pepper plant and the ceremony of yagona is still a very important tradition in Fiji.
Carlton (local beer produced in Suva).
Fiji Bitter. Fiji Bitter (beer produced in Lautoka).
Meriden Moselle and Suvanna Moselle (local wine). Booth's Gin, Bounty Fiji Golden Rum, Cossack Vodka y Old Club Whisky (produced by South Pacific Distilleries). Booth's Gin, Fiji Golden Bounty Rum, Cossack Vodka and Old Club Whisky (produced by South Pacific Distilleries).
There are four types of cuisine in Fiji: the local or Fijian, Europe, Chine and India. The local cuisine is similar to that of the rest of this Pacific zone: the dishes are prepared fish, shellfish, fruit breadfruit, taro (DAL), cassava (tavioka), beef, rice, chicken, juice coconut (trey), tropical fruit (guava, pineapple, mango) and a number of green leaves as the taro (roro) or those of fern.
Any Fijian meal must include meat or fish, taro leaves boiled sprayed with coconut cream and boiled cassava as a garrison.
The food tends to be heavily Indian spices, and a typical meal of this type consists of meat and curry with rice, lentil soup and roti (a type of bread). The Chinese dishes are often scrambled and fried vegetables with meat, rice and some dishes with spicy curry.
The Fijians eat at home with their hands and sitting on the floor. If a visitor is invited to eat, you'll be offered in abundance, although the family is poor. In reciprocity, visitors should bring some food purchased in stores in the village. It is commonly found in some restaurants vonu (turtle meat). This is forbidden therefore endangers many species, so you must always reject it.
The fruit juices are excellent and the cold green coconut water is tremendously refreshing. Another local soda is made based banana juice. Among the local beverages, the most popular beer (British heritage) that may be blond or bitter. It also produces an acceptable quality of rum. The traditional drink is the Yaqona, which is an integral part of social life Fijian.
Yaqona, if not known as kava, is an infusion prepared from the root of the Piper methysticum, a type of pepper plant. It is important extremeny in the Fijian culture - in the era of the "old religion" was used ceremonially by the chiefs and priests only. Today, the yaqona is part of everyday life, not only in villages but across the various races and in urban areas. "Eating a grog" is used to welcome visitors and link with, for storytelling sessions or simply to spend time.
There are certain protocols to be followed in a kava ceremony and in some remote villages, remains a semireligious experience. To sit cross-legged, facing the head and tanoa, or wooden bowl large. Women sit behind the men and not usually get offered the first drink unless they are the guests of honour. Never walk through the circle of participants, turn your back to tanoa or walk on the rope that leads to a tanoa of white cowry (represents a link with alcohol).
The drink is prepared in the tanoa. The root dried and pulverized, wrapped in a piece of cloth, is mixed with water and the resulting concoction seems (and taste) the muddy water. We then offered a drink from a bilo (half a coconut shell). We applaud once, accept the bilo and say the "bull" (meaning "encouraged", or literally "life"), which goes before drinking it all in one. We applaud three times at meet and try not to grimace. The drink will be shared until the tanoa is empty. You do not oblige each drink bilo offered to you, but it is polite to drink at least the first.