Spice Plantation

As the middle of Zanzibar has a very tropical jungle feel it only makes since this is where most of the plantations can be found.

Jerry our guide was a teenage boy. He was very detailed and really knows a lot about fruits and the spices they grow.

From three different kind of mango’s to the many different kinds of banana’s including the purple bananas which are the sweetest ones.
From the vanilla bean vines to the nutmeg & cinnamon trees it was much more than I imagined it to be.
The goats live and are drawn to the coco tree. The coco bean nuts had a very bumpy texture.
We learned a lot about healing plants. What they use from to cover up tobacco and alcohol on your breath to clearing your mind to cancer.
We learned what plants dye the curry yellow, green & red. What cures acne to what helps depression.
Also the henna plant was in full bloom as we made our way through the walkways.
Lemongrass has many uses and not just for cooking. It is used in lotions & candles.
The smell of the clove was strong and so fragrant I could not get enough.
With most every spice they use the leaves, root and stems for many things. Making medicine, for color and flavoring. Everything is used to the fullest existent.

My love for cooking & creating has me knowing what a difference using fresh spices makes. It is a must!

It was quite a talent to see a young guy climb the coconut tree while singing. He actually had a great voice and carried a incredible tune the entire time. He picked fresh coconuts, made his way down and cut them open all in record time.
Rob & I drank the fresh coconut water while reminiscing what we learned.

It was a treat at the end of our tour to sample the fresh fruits.
The grapefruit was so surprising in how it grows, looks & tastes.
It is sweet with just a touch of sour.
It was the most delightful.

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