From Earth to Mouth

By Michael Kew

Sakau in Pohnpei

Extracted from the roots of a pepper shrub, sakau contains 14 natural painkillers that tend to numb and sedate the drinker.

Sorrel in Jamaica

Typically consumed around Christmas, the red sepals of the sorrel plant—mixed with ginger, water, sugar, and occasionally wine or rum—provide several health benefits

Seagull wine in Greenland

A newly dead gull is stuffed into a corked bottle that is filled with water. The bottle is left in direct sunlight until the contents ferment. Drink and repeat. Or don't.