India has been one of the best producers of spices since ancient times. Our spices have a great demand throughout the world. Spices add flavour to your food and people take them home in small myriad packets available at Goa’s spice Plantations. There are many spice plantations in Panjim – Rustic Plantation, Savoi Plantation, Pascoal Spice Village, Sahakar Spice Farm, Tropical Spice Plantation, Sai Herbarium and Parvati Madav Park Plantation. Savoi Plantation offers a tour to a cashew factory, Sahakar offers elephant ride, Sai Herbarium gives you an insight into organic farming; every farm has its own speciality. You can enjoy a plantation tour and lunch at every plantation.
Indian Hospitability At Spice Plantation
The moment I entered in Spice Plantation we were greeted and welcomed with a garland of jasmine. After that, I was taken to an open area where we were offered a glass of jasmine tea. The gave us some warmth during the chilly monsoon weather. The entire ambience of the place was very relaxing and soothing. I could feel the fragrance of the earth. It was like we were in an ancient hermitage in Indian forests. It was so rejuvenating experience as I got a chance to spent some time in this natures beauty. It was indeed a very mesmerising experience I could sense the aroma of spices in the air.
Spices In Their Natural Form
There I saw many spices in there natural form and realised how these spices are grown with immense care. Maybe that is the reason for their high prices. This 30-45min tour really amazing. My spice plantation guide Padma was very informative. She patiently took us to see all the spices and explained to us about the medicinal properties, special care and cure that these spices provide from ailments. Some of the spices that I observed there were:
Vanilla is one of the most relished flavours is not just difficult to grow but even difficult to pollinate. It pollinates artificially. Once the pod gets ready it lasts only a day and needs to be plucked out as soon as possible. The 100grams of beans give you only around 1 litre of vanilla extract. The seeds take approximately 3-4 months to dry. The care and hard work of vanilla cultivators need to reward. I realised now that why this flavour commands such high price now.
Cardamom is the “Queen of Spices.” It grows in two different manners. One at the base of the plant and other at the place where the pods sprouted at the top.
Roots Of A Palm Tree
Feni Making Apparatus
Feni is a local alcoholic drink of Goa. It is also good for digestion and is very popular in Goa. You can consider it as one of the specialities of the Goan beverages.
It was indeed a very interesting tour. And it provided me with an insight into the Goa’s spice plantations. One should at least one visit this place.