May 20, 2015 | By VACV |
Nutmeg has been grown on Grenada since 1843. The island now produces 40% of the world’s supply, a fact that has earned this tropical paradise the nickname, the Spice of the Caribbean. Daniel Sinclair has been a nutmeg farmer for 25 years and tells us all about it.
Why has nutmeg been so successful in Grenada?
I believe it has a lot to do with the volcanic soil. The soil here is rich; very very rich and it is not hard to grow things in Grenada.
How has nutmeg cultivation affected the history of the island?
It has given us our identity. It has transformed our economy and given many people a chance to earn a living.
What is your greatest joy in farming?
I love to see things grow; I love to see the trees grow and mature and bear. There is something creative and spiritual about it. It’s like raising a child.
Which variety of nutmeg do you grow?
There are many varieties of nutmeg but the one I grow is called Banda (named for the Banda Islands in Indonesia where the British got the original plants).
Other than as a spice, where can we find nutmeg?
There’s nutmeg butter, which is very good for baking, and nutmeg oil is good for the digestion.
What’s your favourite nutmeg recipe?
Nutmeg ice cream is my favourite nutmeg dish. It’s best when it’s handmade in an old ice cream maker. Or you can grate some on vanilla ice cream.
When you’re not working, where do you like to go?
Grand Anse Beach, of course! It’s very big, good for walking, and I love the way the white sand looks.
One place we should definitely visit?
The nutmeg farms! And Grand Etang Lake, the rainforest there is very beautiful.