Zanzibar is famous for its spice plantations which also in turn support the island's tourism business. Thanks to Ali (last week's post), we enjoyed a wonderful and very informative tour -- who knew that the root of the cinnamon tree smelled just like Vicks-Vapo-Rub!? (Well, actually, remember Idi? From the village? See post here...Idi - in addition to being a brick maker and farmer - was also a traditional medicine practitioner and had taken Andrew out to collect items he needed on different occasions....and on one of these outings, when Andrew was suffering from a bad cold, Idi dug into the bottom of a tree, lifted out a small root, and told Drew to take a whiff....yep, Vicks-Vapo-Rub!).
By the end of our walking tour, I had a collection of leaves, berries, nuts, roots, and bark - all of which smelled incredible - black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla beans, curry, cardamom, cloves, cumin...more than I can recall.
The guides split open the coconuts and passed them around to us so that we could first enjoy the milk -- what pure, fresh sweetness! After draining both of them dry, we got to enjoy the meat of the coconut -- again, such sweetness! I'll never be able to enjoy that package of shredded stuff from the grocery store again -- and don't suggest that I just buy a coconut....I can't even begin to think how I would manage to open one as easily as those two did it!