In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climate. Nowadays, the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island.
Walk through the spice farm with your guide and experience feeling, smelling and tasting different spices and tropical fruit. Try to guess which is which from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicine and in food and drink. Depending on the season, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili and more! Fruit can include banana, pineapple, jackfruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grapefruit and many others.
After your tour of the spice farm, you’ll be whisked away for some spice shopping in the market. From here, you’ll put your purchases to good use with a Swahili cookery lesson from the skilled chefs at Jafferji House.
These cooking lessons are designed for those who want to try their hand at creating delicious Swahili meals.