Spice Tours in Zanzibar
Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words that’s why a spice tour in Zanzibar is a must for everyone. This island is off the coast of Tanzania and nicknamed as the spice island a name that dates back from when it was the largest producer of cloves in the world. Spice tour in Zanzibar is almost four hours guided walk through Tangawizi spice farm.
You will see various fruits like jackfruit, breadfruit, pineapples, passion fruit, durian, Aloe Vera, bananas, coconuts and henna bushes. You will see a wide range of aromatic plants like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, lemongrass, saffron and clove – the signature spice of Zanzibar. Below are the must see spice trees during your tour at the spice farm
This the empress of all spices since the whole tree is used to serve different purposes from the leaves, seeds, roots and the bark. When cut, its bark curls itself into rolls as it dries, and possibly the most wondrous property it has is that it can cure a cold by simply sniffing on it. This spice can also cure digestive and breathing problems besides lending a lovely aroma to food.
This a small tree, whose seeds from the fruit were originally used to make red body paint and lipstick. For this reason, the achiote is sometimes called the lipstick tree. Our guide said that it is still used for that purpose today,
This another familiar plant you will see on your spice tour of Zanzibar, along with the starfruit and its cousin, the carambola that is actually a vegetable rather than a fruit. In case you did not know, the cardamom tree grows pods both above and below the ground. What’s more, there are both male and female trees with only the females producing seed pods.
As you get distracted by the sight of the avian life, your Experience Africa Adventure guide will direct your attention to the ginger plant. Learn of its decongestant, blood circulatory and aphrodisiacal properties as you view another root that is similar in appearance, the turmeric. Not only does it lend that lovely yellow color to curries and gravies but it acts as a healing agent. And can cure acne and yellow fever.
Discover a natural sun tanning lotion on your trip in Africa Experience Africa Adventure can also remedy wounds. It is the miraculous iodine plant whose sap is applied on cuts and scratches to heal them quickly.
I tasted the fruit and all I wanted…, however, our guide told me that its distinctive property of hallucinogenic and aphrodisiac effects that favour romance. If you see vervet monkeys chattering excitedly, you will know they have found their favourite fruit.
It was really informative and interesting to learn about how each spice grows, is harvested and later used. In addition, everything you will see on spice tour on Zanzibar you will have a chance to taste or smell! Then we were served the Swahili meal.
The spice tour in Zanzibar with Experience Africa Adventure ends with a performance, coconut drink and free goodies from the community which may either be a hat, necklace or ring made from palm leaves.