A bread fruit tree heavy with fruit grows in a front yard garden.
Tamarind grows all over the island.Known as The Spice Island, Granada is famous for it's nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa beans.
These large coral colored cocoa pods are used in Grenadian chocolate and cocoa tea.Almost everywhere you go on the island you are greeted by the fragrance of freshly ground spices. The Grenadian people are justifiably proud of their fertile land where everything grows in profusion.
Some spice crops of Grenada:
annatto seedI visited the spice and vegetable market in the harbor capitol of St. Georges on a busy Saturday and went crazy purchasing island specialties like the instant pain relieving spray made from nutmeg oil known as Nut-Med, a product my husband swears by for his muscular aches and pains.
The busy scene at the Saturday market.
A wonderful variety of root vegetables are part of the tropical cuisine.
Coconuts still in clusters cut from the tree.It was hard to know when to stop shopping and within no time my basket spilled over with spice blends, jams, fragrant soaps, hot sauces and whole spices.
A perfect way to extend the visit of a beloved place is to seek out the local condiments and give them a try. The defining aromas of a culture's cuisine can be captured in their spice blends and seasonings, giving an instant mini-vacation lift to an everyday meal. I leave a bit of my heart in Grenada every time I visit, but bring home equal measures of flavor and happy memories.