We toured the spice farm on a slow day. In other words, no cruise ship in town. First we had lunch at the restaurant (great fish and chicken dishes) and then we toured. Fidel was our guide, and even though he thought he had limited English he was able to thoroughly explain the many flowers and herbs / spices that we saw. He never hesitated in answering any of our questions.
It was fascinating to see many of my favorite spices growing on the farm. I learned many things on this tour -- who knew that allspice is its own plant? I always thought it was a mixture of other spices!
Our group was quite surprised at the cocoa bean plant -- we couldn't stop sampling the beans within the fruit of the pod. We also learned of (and really liked!) the Rose Apple, which looked and tasted like a nicely ripened pear.
It is disappointing to see that the farm is for sale -- we met the owner and it is clear that this farm is a passion for him. He looks way too young to be retiring from his second career. If you are in the area, this is a MUST DO tour.
There is an opportunity to purchase some of the spices at the restaurant / gift store.
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