Mauby and Coconut Water

My object for my story is a Guyanese drink called Mauby (or sometimes called Mavi) and a coconut. Guyana is a located in South America and has aspects of a South American country, but, at heart shares its heritage with the Caribbean Islands. The country is normally very tropical and humid so the best thing to do on days like that is to keep hydrated; reason why most Guyanese people like to drink Mauby and coconut water (especially when served cold).  Mauby is a beverage that can be made at home, which makes it very common in Guyana. It is based off of mauby bark and orange peels and it is optional to add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cloves. The herbs are heated until a rolling boil then cooled, and later strained out then watered down from a natural tea colored brown to a whiskey ember. Everytime I go to Guyana at my grandmother’s village, only a five minute walk people make it and sell it in the neighborhood. The only thing that seconds Mauby on a hot day is a fresh coconut. A coconut tree is visible everywhere; every couple houses has a coconut tree and everyone knows someone in the village known for climbing the tree to get coconuts. Almost every household has a machete or cutlass and the young coconut is cut at the top (the coconut is always held in a way the length of the ellipse is greatest) and when finished drinking, we split it in half and we eat the jelly inside.

Place(s): Guyana
Year: 1994

– Raj Singh

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