"Grenada Isle of Spice" Grenada by JeanCooke

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Joan Lee above St. George that surrounds a harbor.

Grenada is the furthest south in the group of islands comprising the Lesser Antilles, and one of four known as the Windward Islands. Grenada has been famed throughout history for the abundance and excellance of its spices.

Nutmeg is Grenada's main export. I still use their nutmeg scraped into recipes--fresh is the best. Nutmeg trees were first planted in 1843 and thrive on the island's climate and soil. The crop is continuous year round. The fruit is round and yellow. When mature, this splits in half and a dark brown shell can be seen covered with a vivid red lacy membrane--mace.

Other island spices; allspice, bay leaf, black pepper, chili, cinnamon, clove, ginger, tumeric and vanilla. These make perfect gifts, are much cheaper and fresher than bottles of spices in the States and can be bought in St. George or in shacks by the roadside.


  • Last visit to Grenada: Aug 1992
  • Intro Written Sep 11, 2002
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