Local sacred drink made with human spit and cassava


In Amazonian Peru, there is a popular drink called masato de yuca. The drink is made with human spit and cassava.

The casava is peeled and chewed by the local women. When the cassava turns to liquid in their mouths, they spit it into a vat.

Proteins in the saliva creates fermentation that turns the starch in the cassava to sugar and to alcohol. At the end of the process, the drink comes out as a cloudy white substance with a slightly sweet but sour taste.
It's said that this drink has been prepared for at least a thousand years of Peruvian history. For the Peruvians, the drink is both a sacred and nutritional drink, and is used in social and spiritual gatherings.
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