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Grenada: The Spice Island

Grenada is an island in the Caribbean, but the word can also refer to the nation of Grenada, which comprises three large islands and several smaller ones. The large islands are Grenada itself, Petit Martinique, and Carriacou. Located northeast of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada has long been called the "Spice Isle" because it is a major supplier of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa, and above all, nutmeg.

Tourists booked into Grenada vacation rentals will find several variations of nutmeg for sale at rock bottom prices and should be sure to bring home some of these exotic delights. Nutmeg is available in whole form, but also prepared as a jelly, jam, syrup, and even a medicinal topical ointment. While on the island, tourists can also take advantage of the chance to try nutmeg ice cream, which is sold across Grenada but is available virtually nowhere else in the world.

Bringing back spices, whether nutmeg or cinnamon, mace, or turmeric requires tourists to pack them in fully sealed containers. Besides nutmeg, another excellent buy is vanilla, which is sometimes available for prices as low as $1 per half-liter (about two cups). This is real vanilla extract, not the similarly named vanillin sold in some Latin American nations. Even better, perhaps, is to purchase dried vanilla pods. These are luxury items in developed nations but are priced very reasonably on Grenada.

To remember your Grenada vacation fondly for years to come, plunge a vanilla bean into a container of white sugar and store it for a month, shaking daily. Afterwards, your sugar will acquire a distinct vanilla flavor.

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Grenada, the ‘Isle of Spice’.

Posted by Kai Niermann on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Grenada is located 150 miles North of Venezuela, 250 miles South West of Barbados and its sister isles, Carriacou , Petite Martinique. Grenada is the most southerly of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, and is a tiny point on most world maps, with an area of only 133 square miles. Grenada has a population of about 100,000, and is 21 miles long and 12 miles wide. Grenada has a great deal to offer its visitors in terms of hiking, exploring, diving and much more. Grenada is an island with fantastic beaches, with a turquoise Caribbean Sea, a lot of unspoiled nature and solitary bays. In the centre of the island, extinct volcanoes up to 900 metres high, are covered with tropical rainforest and fragrant spice plantations. Go and discover crater lakes, cascading waterfalls, hot springs and last but not least St. George's, the capital. One of the most beautiful ports in the Antilles. Do not miss vacationing on the ‘Spice Isle’.