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GRENADA - The Story of Nutmeg

Grenada nutmeg trees

Nutmeg trees are everywhere in Grenada, adding to the pot pourri of fragrances that cloak this beautiful island. The nutmeg fruit is about two inches in diameter and the trees are generous in their bounty.



The interior hard shell is covered in the red ‘mace’, which is dried for use as an aromatic addition to soups and stews.

The small farmer transports his harvest.

The small farmer transports his harvest.
Grenada nutmeg
At the Grenada Co-Operative Nutmeg association mace is divided into premier and regular quality…


while the nutmegs are stripped from their cases by ladies sitting on stools at wooden boxes, in much the same fashion as when the industry first started.

Grenada nutmeg factory
Grenada nutmeg factory

The nutmegs are then shaken through various diameter holes


and separated them into different grades


Grenada nutmeg factory
Grenada nutmeg factory

before being bagged for shipping all over the world.



Meanwhile, somewhere in the forest, the process is starting all over.



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