If you are going on a package holiday tour of Grenada you are bound to discover that the Caribbean island is notorious for its spices and spice plantations. For this very reason it is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean and is known world-wide for its nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Visitors to the island will no doubt be enticed by the sweet smell of various spices lingering in the air. The island’s spices are so popular that they are exported to other countries where they are used for many different purposes such as for use in patent medicines, top restaurants and beauty products.
With more spices in Grenada per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, it’s hardly surprising that spice plantations make up such a large part of the tourism industry. Not only do the spices taste good but many of them have healing properties which make them even more popular with tourists and locals. You can find anything from nutmeg oil which is good for aches and pains to clove which can help ease the pain of toothache.
When these Eastern spices were first introduced to Grenada they were a novelty to everyone on the island. Unfortunately though, the spice plantations were destroyed in the Orient but local plantation owners seized the opportunity and gradually the island’s spice industry was developed. The islanders are now very proud of their spices and are one of the world’s major suppliers of nutmeg and mace.
One of the attractions of your Caribbean holiday will be a visit to the working spice estates as part of your package holiday tour of Grenada. Two popular options are the Douglaston Spice Estate and the Gouyave Nutmeg processing station. Douglaston Spice Estate is a historical monument to Grenada’s past where most of the spices are grown and receive primary processing. The Nutmeg Processing Station is one of the largest nutmeg processing factories on the island and as the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world, Grenada accounts for about a third of the world’s supply. Tours are available to both of these plantations as well as many more sites as well.
Regardless of what kind of package holiday tour of Grenada you have chosen, make sure that you visit one of the spice plantations as it’s bound to be a talking point for the duration of your holiday in Grenada.