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Ponda Taluka Spice Farms in Goa



Ponda Taluka Spice Farms



One of the main reasons for the Portuguese taking Goa was to control the spice trade from the east (mostly from Indonesia), so it was a bonus to find that not only were several spices native to the Icrritory, but also that many others could be grown here. Spices and fruits grown in Goa's numerous plantations include cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, lurmeric, ginger, cloves, saffron, pepper and even vanilla, alongside breadfruit, jackfruit, papaya, niiingo, guava and betel nut. At least four such plantations, all in Ponda taluka, are open to the public lor tours where you can see spices growing, learn how they're harvested and sample and purchase various spices. The tours include a superb traditional buffet lunch, eaten off banana palm leaves and nerved in a shady open-air restaurant in one of the plantations. These tours are unashamedly geared low.irds tourists and many visitors arrive on a tour bus, but you can turn up independently and this is paMly one of the best day trips you can do in Goa away from the beaches and historical sites.





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