The Spice Farm


We hired a car so that we could see more of Zanzibar. First we went to a Spice Farm. It was called Big Body Tatata, and was a community farm. It had lots of different spices and fruit trees. We saw:

  • Cinnamon – This is called the Queen of the Spices. They cut off the bark and dry it for cinnamon sticks, and the bark grows back. They also use the roots for medicine. The leaves smell nice.
  • Lipstick Tree – When we opened the fruit there were seeds that went an orange colour when you squashed them! They use it for a natural lipstick! It is also used to colour red curry.
  • Lemongrass – This was my favourite!
  • Vanilla – Vanilla is the most expensive spice, apart from saffron, (we saw saffron in Morocco) They have to pollinate by hand, rather than by insects.
  • Curry Leaf tree
  • Peppercorns – They grow on a vine too!
  • Nutmeg – He opened it up and the seed has a red skin covering it.
  • Clove Trees – When we are in New Zealand, we are going to cover an orange with cloves to make an air freshener. Some people use it for toothpaste.
  • Ginger – They cut off the root and it smelled nice
  • Tumeric – They cut off the root and it made my fingers go yellow!
  • Coffee Tree – They grow robusta coffee.
  • Cassava Tree
  • Mango Tree
  • Starfruit Tree – He cut off the top and it looks like a star!
  • Breadfruit Tree
  • Red Bananas – They are really sweet and make you go crazy from sugar!
  • Jackfruit tree – A jackfruit is really big.
  • Ylang Ylang flowers – they smell really nice. They called it Chanel No. 0

After we saw all the spices they showed us some perfumes and soaps. They smelled good, but we didn’t buy any.

Then another man climbed up a palm tree. To climb it he twisted a rope around his feet. He went really really high. I didn’t get very far up the tree when I tried! We tried the coconut water, but I didn’t like it. Daddy said it would taste better with some rum in it.

They also gave us some gifts made from palm tree leaves and flowers. I got a ring/bracelet, a necklace and a crown. Even Daddy got a tie and a hat!

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Then was the best part and we had some fruit tasting. We tasted: pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, orange, and cucumber. My favourite was the pineapple. They were delicious.

After the spice farm, we drove to see our friends on the beach. Then we drove down the coast and went to a forest where the Red Colobus monkeys lived. We didn’t think we would see them, because they are very rare. There are only 3000 in the world! But Mummy spotted some sitting in a tree!! They have red fur with white round their faces. They are different to other monkeys because they don’t have a thumb.

Then we went back to Stone Town. It was a really good day. I had a beef stir fry at the floating restaurant. We watched people jumping and doing flips into the water.

The next day we got the boat back to Dar es Salaam.

Categories: Education, Eleanor, Roaming

4 comments

  1. I really like your hats that you got. Did you try jackfruit?

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  2. Gosh that Spice tour sounded great! I love vanilla pods. Clever mum for spotting those monkeys. X

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