The staple food in the Highlands is kaukau (sweet potato), while on the coast and in the lowlands saksak (a starchy extract from the sago palm) is the main source of calories. Taro is a staple of both regions, as are a myriad of fruits and vegetables from banana to yams. Beer is popular as a status drink among men.
In general, two large meals are eaten, with snacking throughout the day. The most common utensil is the spoon. Hands are used otherwise. There are rarely second helpings, and asking for them can imply the host has not provided adequately. Most people sit on the ground or floor when eating, although tables might be used in urban areas.