Spice Tour on Zanzibar
If you are first time on Zanzibar, Spice tour is one of the more interesting and educating tours about Zanzibar spices, flavors and fruits.
Spices have played an important role in Zanzibari culture and history. Arabs started large spice plantations making Zanzibar the world’s biggest exporter of cloves at the time. Nowadays clove production is still present mostly on Pemba Island, and few plantations on Zanzibar grow it for purpose of tourist spice tours.
Spice tours are bookable almost in every hotel, prices vary and the cheapest rates are available when you start the Spice Tour in Stone town. On an almost four hour guided walk through Kizimbani spice plantation you will see various fruits like jackfruit, breadfruit, pineapples, passion fruit, durian, aloe Vera, bananas and coconuts, henna bushes as well as wide range of aromatic plants like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, lemon grass, Saffron and clove – the signature spice of Zanzibar.
It was really informative and interesting to learn about how each spice grows, is harvested and later used. In addition, everything you will see on Zanzibar Spice Tour you will have a chance to taste or smell.
Chew a clove pod in order to reduce bad breath or ease the toothache, crush up some turmeric to omit acne, chew a ginger root if you have stomach ache or boil some of the cinnamon root to ease your respiratory problems (it’s the main ingredient in Vicks vapor rub), … and the list of remedies could go on and on.
We all know aloe Vera; it is used in after sun lotions as soothes the irritated skin. African women lubricate their barest with Aloe Vera extract when they quit breastfeeding. Because of extremely sour taste babies don’t want to drink milk anymore. In addition pure Aloe Vera extract is also used with children that bite their nails.
Did you know that vanilla grows on vines and looks like string beans? Or that it takes seven long years until they start to grow the valuable vanilla pods?
At the end of tour a local climbs to the coco nut palm and fetches completely fresh green coconut then guide takes you to final tasting for different spice teas and delicious slices of tropical fruits.
Of course – at the end of Spice tour you can buy what you have tasted during the tour. There is a stand with all dried spices that are grown on the plantation as well as oils and extracts and natural organic soaps. Seize the opportunity and have a Spicy shopping spree. It is cheap and natural.
Since getting from one point to another on Zanzibar costs quite a lot it is smart idea to book this Spice tour on the way to the beach. Cost of tour: 45 USd.