West Indies 3

From an old Cunard Line map:

Grenada - "Spice Island of the West," Grenada grows 1/3 of the world's output of spices including cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, mayberry and nutmeg (it is the largest producer of nutmeg in the world). Nutmeg is a peculiar crop - it takes 4-6 years before the trees "declare" by putting out blossoms - only then can the grower tell which trees are female (nutmeg-bearing). Trees take 15-20 years to reach a production peak of about 5,000 nuts per tree annually. The capital, St. Georges, is reputed to be the most beautiful harbor in the Antilles chain. This deep harbor,, also called the Carenage, was once the interior of a volcano crater, whose outer rim has been eroded by the sea. Grenada boasts a choice of beaches: black sand on the Atlantic side, white sand on the Caribbean. Discovered by Columbus in 1498, Grenada was settled in 1609 by London merchants and possession of the island passed back and forth between the British and the French. A British possession since 1783, Grenada became independent in 1974.

Other fun memories
Reserved for a picture with Loretta in it. Can someone help out? woman in bare feet sitting on a rock by a waterfall

Suzanne at the Grenada waterfalls.

natural spices in Grenada

Here are all the spices of Grenada.

shelling nutmeg in Grenada

These women separate nutmeg meat from the cracked shells for piecework pay. The chalked words above her head say, "God saw my work and was pleased. He saw my wages, bowed his head and walked away."

ramshackle house, unoccupied, on bequia island

An old house on Bequia.

stencil for marking bags of spice in grenada

Some stencils for marking bags of spice.

sign advertising salted pig tails and snouts

Nurse Ryan actually tried a dish of pig tails, although for health reasons she had hers unsalted.

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