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Ma’a Tahiti

Give a try to a traditional Tahitian dish prepared in a typical underground oven

Ma’a Tahiti in Tahiti 2020 - Best Time
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When Tahitian families, relatives, and friends gather together, they prepare this large meal. For its preparation, they use a traditional underground "oven" which is, in fact, a big pit dug in the ground. Inside locals place layered wood and porous volcanic stones to be used for the BBQ.

Ma’a Tahiti in Tahiti - Best Season 2020

When the temperature in the oven is adequate, the stones are covered with banana leaves. Before the food is placed in the oven, it is wrapped in banana leaves too. Then, the pit with food is filled with sand on top.

Ma'a Tahiti: The various food items are described by the host. 2020
Ma'a Tahiti: The various food items are described by the host.

Ma’a Tahiti is a year-round treat. It's also a must at the Tahitian New Year celebration. As for the components of the New Year dish, they include steamed root crops like “taro,” “uru” (breadfruit), yams or sweet potatoes, fish, and meat like pork or mutton.