Kerala spices are very famous throughout the world for several years. Traders from many foreign countries including Arabian countries and Europe came to Kerala for trading spices. It is believed that the trade for spice began around three thousand years back. Pepper is considered as the king of spices, but in Kerala various other spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric are also produced in large quantities.
The history of Kerala has its link with the commerce, which in turn was completely dependent on its spice trade. The spice of Kerala was famous long back and so many travelers around the world travelled to this state for trading as well as to gain control over this land. The state is considered as the spice capital of the world.
Each spices has got a distinct taste and flavor. Spices are mainly used as condiments that are used to flavor the food. The various other uses of spices are seasoning, garnishing, medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The spices such as ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, tea, clove,coffee and nutmeg are mainly produced in Idukki and the neighbouring areas.
Various Spice Plantations in Kerala
As said earlier there are different types of spices cultivated in Kerala. The spice plantations consist of variety of spices in the same farm. These varieties are cultivated as different sections and it is good for one to wander in these plantations. Exploring the spice plantations in Kerala also enables one to go for nature walks, bird watching, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air. These plantations also provide accommodation for the tourists in homestays and lodges. The
major spice plantations in Kerala are
- Spice Plantation in Thekkady
- Spice Plantation in Wayanad
- Spice Plantation in Munnar