After the plant is harvested, the root is removed from the stem and leaves. These latter are thrown away or fed to livestock. The roots themselves are well-rinsed, then placed in a hot oven to dry completely, then they are ground into powder.
This powder, when mixed with water, creates a deliciously sweet, somewhat stimulating drink known as jalizza. Jalizza is much-beloved of the Viridese, who import tons of the stuff every year.
Travelers' Comments on Jalizza Root
The wise adventure trader makes time to take a cargo of Jalizza Root to Viridia, every so often.
— Captain Froederik Wiki
What most people do not know is that if jalizza is allowed to steep in contact with gold (usually, in a golden cup) for roughly an hour, it becomes a powerful narcotic.
— "Baroness" Karlinda