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Grenada Co-Operative Nutmeg Association

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Address: Grenada
Description: Right in the heart of the world's "Spice Capital," the Grenada...
Right in the heart of the world's "Spice Capital," the Grenada Co-Operative Nutmeg Association is one of the largest nutmeg production plants in the Caribbean.
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An interesting industry

There is a small fee to enter the nutmeg factory and one is taken around by a guide. It was very interesting to see the workers cracking the husks from the air dried nutmegs by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Calgary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We stabbed by this place during our island tour. It costs $1 US/person. You will learn a lot about the effects of the hurricane that hit the island several years ago. It is interesting and impressive to see all the work involves to prepare the nutmeg for exportation. It is very warm so be prepared for the heat.

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

There is a small fee to enter the nutmeg factory and one is taken around by a guide. It was very interesting to see the workers cracking the husks from the air dried nutmegs by hand. There is a degree of dust produced from this work and some of the handlers were wearing face masks but certainly not all of... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This old nutmeg factory right in the middle of the sleepy town of Gouyave is well worth a visit. No need to take a special tour or taxi - a bus No. 5 from St. Georges bus terminal takes about 45 mins. and costs about $4.50EC The nutmeg industry was devasted by a hurricane but is now making a comeback.... More 

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Maraval, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Our taxi driver took us to the Grenville nutmeg processing facilities. For a small fee we were shown around the facility and told about how the 2004 hurricane had destroyed the industry but how they were making a comeback. Most of the machinery looked very old and hugely labour intensive, I wonder how they compete in the world market! Nice... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Visited as part of island whole day tour and found it informative both in the process and its co-operative nature. Saw the process and noted the many workers involved. The upstairs drying racks are impressive; downstairs there are some interesting old posters and plaques one of which advises the workers to bring God's peace inside and to leave the Devil... More 

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Hudson, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This was part of a cruise tour and was probably an hour drive from the port at St Georges. The location is right in the middle of a small town with narrow streets, directly on the water. All of the local nutmeg growers bring their harvest to this location to be processed. We were able to see the entire process,... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

From the outside you can't imagine the rows and rows of racks of nutmegs that would be drying inside. Truly an amazing site for the eyes! The tour only takes about 20 minutes but it is a joy to see the whole process. You will need to climb stairs to see all the nutmegs drying so if you are non... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Volunteering in Grenada sometimes leaves me frustrated that visitors don't get to see the "real" Grenada. While my mother was visiting we all went to the Nutmeg Association in Gouyave. I loved it. You got to see people working and to really see how hard the work is. The process of drying and sorting the nutmeg was really interesting. I... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Grenada Co-Operative Nutmeg Association provides a glimpse of how factories operated in the past. This factory is all hand labor with little to none machines. It's quite the scene watching the employees work tirelessly processing nutmeg. Great educationally experience, worth the visit if you want to learn all about nutmeg.

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Clackamas Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Actual working nutmeg processing plant. Quite old. Racks of nutmegs drying that are hand raked. Nutmegs (smaller than a walnut) are hand sorted by women sitting alone at a table. Then the nutmeg are dried, mechanically cracked then the shell and meat are hand sorted by people who are paid by the pound. Interesting, informative, glad it isn't my job.

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