Did you know that nutmeg was once worth more by weight than gold? That in the 16th century, London dockworkers were paid their bonuses in cloves? That in 410 AD, when the Visigoths captured Rome, they demanded 3,000 pounds of peppercorns as ransom?
In its day, the spice trade was the world’s biggest industry: it established and destroyed empires, led to the discovery of new continents, and in many ways helped lay the foundation for the modern world.
Spices also laid the foundation of Grenada. In recognition of the country’s superior quality nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa, clove, bay leaf and so many other products, Grenada is lovingly known as the ‘Isle of Spice’. The products produced here are so superior it has remained the world’s second largest exporter of nutmeg for decades, despite being one of the smallest countries in the world. It also boasts the world’s most expensive (and coveted) fair trade, carbon free, organic chocolate. Like the many aromatic and healing teas found in Pure Grenada, the culture and cuisine are immersed in spice.
Exploring the lure of spice has as much reward now as it did hundreds of years ago, although admittedly obtained with considerably more comfort! Become a ‘seasoned explorer’ with us as we take you through a journey of pure adventure garnished with spice. Cook with us, learn with us, and explore with us at the Pure Grenada Nutmeg Festival.