The candy and spicy attracts of Grenada
Many Caribbean islands, with fertile volcanic soils and clear mountain rivers, have been agricultural powerhouses for hundreds of years, rising and exporting the omnipresent sugar cane in addition to quite a lot of different foodstuffs. Grenada, nicknamed “the Spice Isle,” is one among many evolving its agricultural delights into worthwhile tourism actions.
A 3rd of Grenada, about 100 miles north of Venezuela, is agricultural, with prime exports together with nutmeg, cocoa and mace, with cinnamon, turmeric and different spices additionally being cultivated.
Many farms on the oval-shaped island had been as soon as devoted primarily to nutmeg, a prime export and so necessary to the nation it seems on the nationwide flag. However, Hurricane Ivan in 2004 destroyed most of the nutmeg timber (in addition to a lot of the island) and cocoa, whose timber mature quicker than nutmeg, is growing in significance.
Introduced to Grenada by French settlers in 1714, uncooked cocoa for hundreds of years was exported abroad for processing. But Grenada pioneered tree-to-bar chocolate in the area, with a former New Yorker named Mott Green establishing the Grenada Chocolate Company in the late 1990s. The island now has 5 chocolate factories, together with many cocoa farms, that may educate guests on the varied processes — harvesting, drying, fermenting and extra — required to make chocolate and different cocoa merchandise.
At Belmont Estate, a 400-acre, 300-year-old farm in the north of the island, vacationers can tour the fields and cocoa processing amenities, and finish their go to at the on-site restaurant which serves natural greens grown on the farm in addition to the native cocoa tea.
Kim Russell, co-owner of Crayfish Bay Organic Cocoa Estate, calls cocoa tea “an acid trip on chocolate.” (His model contains coconut milk and a drop of rum, for enhancing the chocolate taste.) He additionally provides excursions of his farm and manufacturing facility, however it’s far more casual. Visitors ought to plan, he stated, to “eat a lot of chocolate and listen to me talk for two hours.”