as with so many of my blog posts from Zanzibar – I was not able to share the photos taken with the camera. More than most of my posts our Spice Tour on route from Ocean Paradise to Stone Town lacked the visuals so here it is with added pics.
The spice tour took us to a farm in the centre of the Island. We were able to see a variety of things growing, not just spices.
The following gallery shows examples of the different spices we saw. Spices come from a different parts of plants. Turmeric and ginger come from the tubers of the plant; cardamom is a fruit that grows on the root-like branches of the plant; peppercorns and chilli peppers are the fruits of the plant; cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree; lemongrass is the leaves of the plant; cinnamon is the bark of the cinnamon tree; vanilla comes from the seeds of the vanilla pod; nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg fruit and is covered in another spice called mace so that one plant produces two spices.
The farm also had plenty of fruits growing. It was interesting to see the origin of familiar and less familiar fruits.
Coffee, Chocolate and other products
As well as fruits and spices we got to see the origin of other products and sampled from a cocoa pod and coffee beans from coffee berries. We also saw natural capok, annato (lipstick plant), and a variety of medicinal plants including a natural plaster.
Throughout our tour our guide kept producing items of apparel to wear and containers for the various pieces of produce.
It was a great experience and a thoroughly enjoyable half day – highly to be recommended.