And so, I have always wondered what would trees of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, etc., look like? And I so so badly wanted to see these trees.
Spice Farm in the list of places to see in Goa was a pleasant surprise. And chal padi main – I set off with my handbag on a quest to finally discover how spices originate.
Now, I saw how arabica coffee is grown (yes, on the trees – I know you would have imagined like me, that coffee also grows like tea, on little shrubs and plantation.)
I also saw cardamom, cinnamon bark and discovered that the leaves of cinnamon tree are used as substitute for bay leaf. How to identify which one is bay leaf and which one, cinnamon leaf – bay leaf has 1 vertical line in the center along its length, while cinnamon leaf has 3.
Now, I got so diverted in my excitement while going around the spice farm that I ended up spending almost 7 k on various spices and oils. The best thing about the spice farm was the awe inspiring way nature has built these plants with such beautiful aromas and flavors.
We were served scrumptious lunch and the kokam Sharbat was something new to taste.
Having seen how cashew nuts grow and the tall long tree of the betel nut, I was quite satisfied that finally, I got to see how spices grew.
It was finally time to go home and well ok finally time to go back to the hotel and venture out for more shopping. Shopping and I are inseparable. I wish there was a pill that could cure the addiction of shopping. Well, since there’s nothing like that and I don’t think anybody will come up with something like that any time soon, I did the inevitable. I shopped and shopped, and then I shopped some more.
Here are some amateur videos from the farm. Please do pardon me for the shaky videos. This is the first time I have attempted to take videos when out on vacation with the intention of blogging.
Go go gooo…