Spice Tour

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SPICE ISLAND

You can not say Zanzibar without thinking about the spice culture that the island offers. This walk in the areas where they are cultivated allows you to immerse yourself in nature and live fully the traditions of the island. There are specific places where you can take a closer look at the growing stages and the history of these spices. A real journey between perfumes! It is wonderful to be able to assimilate the perfumes we know to leaves, plants, fruits, roots, shrubs and trees of all kinds: pepper, ginger, cloves, cocoa, cinnamon, turmeric, lemongrass, are some of the spices that will tantalize your eyes and your nose.
One of Zanzibar's major assets is its generous and exuberant nature. "Zayn Za'l barr" -beautiful is this country- would have screamed the first Arab sailors who then discover an island covered with lush vegetation. From this exclamation would be born the name of the island, become since a paradise for the culture of the spices, one of the main economic pillars of the country with the tourism.
It is now covered by a large coconut grove under which grow in abundance cinnamon, clove, banana and pepper. A hundred or so fruits and spices grow here, largely acclimatized by Sir John Kirk, English consul in Zanzibar in the 1880s. Moreover, the "spice tour" is a must. This tour of spices will be offered by all hotels that flourish around the island. A good way to visit the country in every nook and cranny and to know the spices in their natural state, their history and their long preparation before coming to our plates dried and conditioned. The harvest of cloves usually takes place in February-March. Nicknamed the black gold of Zanzibar, this spice is picked fruit after fruit, the famous cloves, by hand, in trees several meters high. The nails are then left to dry on the side of the road before being bagged and shipped to the warehouses of Stone Town Harbor, which then exude a heady smell. From there, they will be exported all over the world. Many other spices are to discover: the vanilla flower, an orchid that grows on a liana and needs to be fertilized by hand to turn into a pod, nutmeg, a red blood, the cinnamon, from the bark of the cinnamon, or pepper, another climbing vine. On site, you can buy all these spices already packaged in the properties as well as in the Stone Town market.