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Be Sure To Try These Seasonings While Vacationing On Spice Island

By Danielle Dorsey

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Grenada has been nicknamed the “Spice Isle” for good reason. Upon docking on the Caribbean island, travelers are met with the sweet and spicy aroma of nutmeg, which Grenada happens to be the world’s second-largest exporter of. Spice necklaces are a popular souvenir on the island and vary based on who’s crafting them. You’ll often see them hanging in Grenadian kitchens, where they emit a sweet scent and can easily be plucked from to spice up dishes. 

When selecting a spice necklace, make sure that it has these six spices that Grenada is famous for:

1. Nutmeg 

Grenada is full of nutmeg plantations and is often used to sweeten jams, syrups, and oils. It can be purchased almost anywhere on the island either as a whole nut or ground and ready for sprinkling on your favorite foods. 

2. Ginger 

Ginger is the second-most commonly found spice on Grenada. It’s frequently used in local dishes like curries, stews, pot roasts, and even ice cream and fudge. 

3. Turmeric

Referred to as saffron on the island, turmeric is a signature seasoning in soups, stews, curries, rice, and potato dishes. It’s also used in Grenada’s national Oil Down dish, a one-pot meal of salted meat, dumplings, breadfruit, and other vegetables.

4. Cinnamon

A common spice around the world, it’s unlikely you’ll find cinnamon as fresh and rich as you will in Grenada so make sure you have some added to your spice necklace. In Grenada cinnamon is often used to flavor desserts as well as hot drinks and in liquor.

5. Cloves 

Cloves are a popular Christmas time spice in Grenada and can be used whole or dried to season everything from meat to fruit cakes and preserves. 

6. Allspice

Known locally as pimento, allspice is used for flavoring sauces and marinades. It’s a must-have if you’re interested in replicating authentic Caribbean jerk chicken.

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