Friday, November 15, 2013

We went on an island tour of Grenada today.  The tour guide was very knowledgable about all the fruits, nuts and plants that grow here.  Grenada is 21 miles long and 12 miles wide and has a population of about 103,000. Today we were shown examples of all plants, mandarin oranges, limes, grapefruit, soursop, breadfruit, yellow apple, bananas, cocoa, coffee, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves as well as lemongrass, cashews and turmeric, Grenada is know as the Spice Island, it lived up to it's name today. It was a very informative and interesting day. 

A cashew, the nut on top and the fruit on the bottom, without roasting the nut is poisonous!

Our guide holding a cocoa pod. 
We went to a chocolate factory. It was very quaint, read old machinery but we sampled the chocolate after and it was delicious. 

That brown stuff being stirred around is chocolate! Did it ever smell good. 

The view from the spot we had lunch, on the property of a rum factory. The sugar cane is used to make the rum.

The original paddle wheel that was used in 1785, still in use today.

The monkey actually jumped on Barry's head to get a banana.  I have a picture but will have to 
download it from the camera. 

I went for a swim in a fresh water pool under a waterfall.  There was a lot of water coming over the falls and I got pushed around when I tried to swim underneath it.