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Spices In Kerala

Kerala Backwater takes you on tours of the Spice Plantations of Kerala. Kerala is known for its fabulous spices. Traders from ancient Phoenicia made tours to Kerala to carry back its aromatic spices to Mediterranean lands.

Pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and more... the spices of Kerala were used in the West to all flavor to food and wine and to preserve meat during the cold European winter.

Spices can be defined as " aromatic substances of vegetable origin, used for flavoring food or as a preservative." Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control prevent diabetes.

The East India Companies of various European powers - the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English fought over possession of the trade routes and the precious spice plantations of Kerala.

Today you can simply take a tour with Kerala Backwater and find yourself enjoying the hospitality of the spice plantations of Kerala on Kerala tours.

The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide.

Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage.

Take a trip to the spice plantations of Kerala with Kerala Backwater and feel transported into a green paradise. Walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature's bounty.

Some spice plantations in Kerala offer tourists accommodation in the lodges and mansions on the plantation. Guest can stay with the plantations owner's family and enjoy home cooked traditional Kerala cuisine and witness the activities of the spice plantation.

Go for nature walks and bird watching treks, wander through the plantations, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air on Kerala tours of the spice plantations of Kerala with Kerala Backwater.

The tranquil spice plantations of Kerala are a refreshingly different eco tourism option among Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.

Spices are defined as "a strongly flavored or aromatic substance of vegetable origin, obtained from tropical plants, commonly used as a condiment".

In ancient times, spices were as precious as gold; and as significant as medicines , preservatives and perfumes. India - the land of spices, plays a significant role in the global spices market.
 
 
No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India with quality spices come from Kerala, an Indian state. At present, India produces around 2.5 million tones of different spices valued at approximately 3 billion US $, and holds the premier position in the world.

Because of the varying climates - from  tropical to sub-tropical to temperate-almost all spices are grown in this country. In almost all of the 25 states and seven union territories of India, at least one spice is grown in abundance.
 
Spices and herbs are good not only for our taste buds but also for our health. They supply calcium, iron, vitamin B, vitamin C , carotene and other antioxidants.

For instance fresh parsley has been linked with cancer prevention due to its antioxidant content and spicy food is much more appealing than a vitamin pill. Besides herbs and spices don't have any kilojoules or fact, so you can eat them to your heart's content. 



Pepper Spices In Kerala
Come to Kerala and see the King of Spices. Kerala Backwater tours take you on tours of the Spice Plantations of Kerala, where you can see how pepper is grown.
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Cinnamon Spices In Kerala
While on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater, try a spice that was once more precious than gold. Cinnamon, which is the inner bark of a tree of the laurel family, was once so sought after in Europe that it was worth more than its weight in gold.
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Cardomom Spices In Kerala
Come to Kerala and taste the Queen of Spices. Visit the cardamom gardens of Kerala on tours of the spice plantations of Kerala with Kerala Backwater.
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Vanilla Spices In Kerala
Kerala Backwater tours of the Spice Plantations of Kerala, show you the exotic spices grown in the spice gardens. Some of these spices such as cardamom and pepper are native to India.
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Ginger Spices In Kerala
When you travel to Kerala with Kerala Backwater, make sure to taste its legendary spices. Ginger, one of the famous spices of Kerala, emerges from the ground looking like a muddy root, but its taste has made it famous worldwide.
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Nutmeg Spices In Kerala
See Nutmeg being grown and harvested in the Spice plantations of Kerala, on Kerala tours, with Kerala Backwater. When you tour the spice plantations of Kerala you might be reminded of a popular children's nursery rhyme which has the following lines
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