The tradition for Tongans includes two meals a day, consisting of yams, taro leaves, sweet potatoes, cassava, fish or pork. The European style is becoming popular, with three meals a day. Roast pig is a favorite for feasts and celebrations. There is an abundant supply of tropical fruit such as mango, guavas, citrus, papaya, watermelon, bananas, avocados, peppers and cabbage.
Whenever possible, families eat meals together. Residents of outer islands sit on woven mats, while urban Tongans use dining tables. Traditionally, the hands are used to eat, but utensils are in common use now. Standing while eating and drinking is frowned upon.