In Zanzibar, everyone is somehow connected to the spice trade. The island is a paradise of smells and flavours – certain spices even have medicinal properties. However, not many are native to the island; they were imported from Asia and South America and have since flourished thanks to the tropical climate.
Where Pepper Grows
Zanzibar is known for its large quantities of pepper. The pepper plant is a climbing plant that can grow up to ten metres high. There is red, white, green and black pepper. What many people do not know, is that each sort of pepper comes from the same plant. However, depending on the time of harvest and processing, the peppercorns develop different colours.
Miracle Cure Cinnamon
Cinnamon not only refines the Zanzibari rice dish Pilau, but also gives many other classic dishes an aromatic flavour. The spice is extracted from the dried bark of cinnamon trees. It is said to have a positive effect on the immune system due to its antioxidant properties.
King of The Spices
The Sultan of Oman once brought cloves from Indonesia to Zanzibar. Since then, it is impossible to imagine the island without the dried buds of the clove tree. When they are harvested, they are either picked by hand or beaten out of the trees with sticks. Then the cloves – dubbed the "King of The Spices" – are dried in the sun for a few days, giving them their brown colour.
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