I happened upon the Golden Stream Spice Farm by chance, driving to Big Falls and seeing this little sign. Dr. Mathew was there, again by chance and offered to take us on a tour. It was apparent immediately, that this is no ordinary man. His kindness towards his people and passion for this huge project are infectious. Many of the spices we use daily in my restaurant, in cuisine in general, were all here, growing on trees and vines. Forests of vanilla and peppercorns. Citrus groves, coffee, cocoa, exotic fruits and flowers. Nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon that brought new expectations to my taste buds. Peppercorns were being harvested by young men proud to show us the contents of their bags, then on to the drying room. There was a room all steamy hot with tables and racks of vanilla pods curing. The smell was heaven. We were presented with a fresh squeezed glass of juice from the orange groves at the end of the tour. If you ever have a chance to visit this farm, do it. I wanted to stay, forever. Even though I have to travel across an entire continent to do so, I will go back. I have told every restaurateur I know about my visit. A day I will remember always.
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