Exploring Kerala’s Spice Plantations

Exploring Kerala’s Spice Plantations

By Caitlin Overend

Exploring Kerala’s Spice Plantations

As you walk through the streets of Kerala, India, each and every one of your senses will be tantalized. You’ll capture breathtaking views of the flowers surrounding the plantation. Listen to the sounds of the locals immersed in their surroundings. Feel the warm sun grace your skin, and taste the local Indian splendor to satisfy your cultural craving. But, most importantly, you’ll breathe in the outstanding aroma of the fresh spices that give the plantation its memorable reputation.

The Kerala Spice Plantation Tour is a remarkable adventure that can’t be passed up. Here are three reasons you need to travel overseas and embark on the journey yourself:

See How Spice Plants are Grown

In ancient times, Kerala became one of the richest cities in the world due to its spice monopoly. To this day, locals continue to grow and trade thousands of tons of spices with countries all over the globe. As you walk through the plantation, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of spice plants such as pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric – just to name a few. Growing locations on each variety vary based on sunlight dependency and temperature.

You’ll also learn how long it takes for each spice to grow in order to provide the most flavor and medicinal value. After your trip to Kerala, you’ll have a better understanding of how the spices you use are grown, harvested and processed, which will likely make you look at your seasonings with a new perspective – and with a greater appreciation, if you will.

Go for Nature Walks and Bird Watching Treks

Beyond the spices, Kerala opens your eyes to a whole new outlook on nature. Between the ever-growing forests, exotic bird life, mesmerizing waterfalls and rolling hills, you’ll have a hard time grasping the concept that you’re not dreaming. Make your way to Munnar, the highest peak in all of South India, where the natural terrain makes it the perfect place for trekking. Other priority stops include Agastyarkoodam Peak, Pythal Mala, Chimmini and Chembra Peak.

Learn About The Medicinal Value of Each Spice

While each spice is best known for its ability to add flavor to your favorite dishes, many hold medicinal characteristics. Traveling on the Kerala Spice Plantation Tour will open up your eyes to a whole new meaning of spice use – they’re not just for seasoning, they can truly benefit your overall health. Plenty of the popular spices have medicinal value that you’d never expect. A few examples include:

  • Pepper is loaded with antibacterial properties. It’s rich in iron, magnesium, fiber and vitamins C and K. This makes it beneficial for your skin and stomach.
  • Cardamom is rich in potassium, copper, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and vitamins A and C. It’s good for cardiovascular health, cholesterol balance and more.
  • Clove is full of vitamins C, A, E, D and K as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Health benefits include better digestion, bone preservation and a stronger immune system.

A learning experience along the tour will give you a different perspective on everyday spices.

 

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