The Spice Tour of Zanzibar
Zanzibar is an archipelago which is found on the Indian ocean and is also referred to as a Spice island. A spice tour on Zanzibar Island is among the activities which tourists engage in during their tours on the island. The activity is among the popular activities on Zanzibar and it involves getting to know more about the spices and also exotic fruits found on the island.
Some of the spices which are found on Zanzibar Island include cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, chili, black pepper, vanilla, garlic as well as fruits like coconuts, papaya, jackfruit, oranges, pineapples, bananas among others.
The Zanzibar spice tour also involves walking around the spice plantations and getting to learn about how the spices, herbs and fruits are grown. You will also be able to learn more about the uses of the different spices.
There are also stalls where the tourists after their spice tour can be able to purchase the spices. The spice farms are located outside stone town in villages such as Kizimbani and Kindichi where tourists can enjoy walking tours in the spice plantations.
During the spice tour in the plantations, the tourists enjoy the smell of the spices and can also taste them and guess which spices those are. This tour can take about 3 hours and is an exciting activity which can be carried out in the company of a local guide or a private guide.
The Spice tour in Zanzibar also involves getting to know about the process of making the spices and also learning about how the fruits on the island are grown. After the spice tour, the tourists get to taste the spices.
The spices as well as fruits are grown all over the Zanzibar island which has fertile soils that favor the growing of the spices and fruits. These spices apart from contributing to tourism on the island can also be exported.
Zanzibar island has many spice farms which are found close to each other and different tour operators take the tourists to different spice farms on the island. These farms grow the spices and fruits in a similar manner.
The spice farms are also part of the rich history of Zanzibar dating to up to the 15th century when the Arabs participated in the spice trade that was booming at that time and this made the island popular for different spices.
The spices were brought to the Island from different parts of the world such as Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Asia among other countries and grown on Zanzibar island which has fertile soils that contributed to the growth of these spices and fruits. During the spice tour, the tourists enjoy learning where each of the spices comes from since the spices are not indigenous to the island.
Some of the uses of the spices include acting as food curry, for medicinal purposes, for perfumes among other uses.