Gouyave, Grenada

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Grenada is an island country and commonwealth realm consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dubbed the “Island of Spice”, Grenada has long enjoyed its status as one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace. Unfortunately however, the vast majority of the island’s nutmeg plantations were destroyed in September 2004 by Hurricane Ivan – the first hurricane to hit the island in forty-nine years.

Since Hurricane Ivan, many changes have been made in terms of crop management.  As the new nutmeg trees gradually mature, the industry should return to its pre-Ivan position as a major nutmeg supplier in the Western world.

We love Grenada for its unspoilt beaches and warm hospitality. No visit to Grenada would be complete however without a visit to Gouyave, the island’s principal nutmeg processing area.

In particular, make sure you visit the Dougaldston Estate which was the first estate in Grenada to produce and distill nutmeg oil on the island.  There are many organised tours to the Douglaldston Estate where you can see the nutmegs drying on long racks and dexterous ladies sorting and shining the nutmegs. The drying sheds on the plantation are a photographer’s dream… don’t forget your camera!


Posted: 22/12/2013

Author: Andy Hayward

Category: Caribbean, Favourite Destinations, Locations


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