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Grenada

Grand Anse, GrenadaWe have spent the last week in Grenada getting to know the country a little better. We took the bus one day from the small town of Woburn (we were anchored just off the town in Clarke’s Court Bay) into St George’s and then onto Grand Anse. Grand Anse is supposed to be the nicest beach on Grenada. It is very pretty, a few miles long and white sand. Many of the beaches here have black sand due to the volcanic origin of the island. We had a delicious lunch of grilled mahi-mahi with mango salsa at Jenny’s Restaurant. Of course that was not what we ordered but as it took an hour to arrive we ate it. The restaurant had a great setting at the end of the beach.
Karen with some locals We took a day tour of the island with Cutty. Our first stop was at a private garden where Cutty showed us some of the local fruits, spices and herbs. Then we stopped at the Annandale Falls where we were greated by some local women with baskets of fruit and flowers on their heads. It costs a US dollar to have ones picture taken with them but it was worth it!
Annandale Falls, Grenada The falls were impressive considering there has been a drought here for the last 3 months. The water was cool but the locals like to put on a show for the tourists by jumping into the pool. Ricky was our favorite jumper…
Cutty and MonkeyAfter the falls we drove into the Grand Etang National Park. Cutty had brought some bananas for the residents and they were quite determined to get them!
Cocoa Beans, GrenadaWe stopped to have a tour of the cocoa processing plant. Here is where the cocoa pods are put in sweat boxes, covered with banana leaves and fermented for eight days. Once the beans are ripened they are moved to drying trays out in the sun. Here the staff walk through them twice a day to move them around to help with even drying. If it starts to rain, the trays can be pushed into the buildings. Once fully dried they are put into sacks for export. Some is made into chololate bars by The Grenada Chocolate Company. Unfortunately, the Chocolate Company no longer gives tours…
Patty at River AntoineThen we were off to River Antoine Rum Distillery. We had lunch there before Patty gave us a tour of the distillery. We were too late to see them crushing the sugar cane, they had been doing it in the morning, but we did see the rest of the process. River Antoine has been making rum since 1785 and only makes an overproof white rum with a minimum 75% alcohol content. It makes a great rum punch!
Nutmeg, Grenada As if that was not a full enough day we then toured the nutmeg processing facility in Grenville. Martin, our guide , was very informative. Grenada had been the second largest producer of nutmeg prior to Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. In those years they produced 6 million pounds of nutmeg per year; now they only produce 600,000 pounds. Nutmeg is covered by mace that needs to be removed prior to drying. The mace takes 3 months to dry, the nutmeg takes 2 months. The nutmeg is placed in trays 3 inches deep and stirred twice a day to help dry and prevent mildew. Once the nutmeg is dried it is placed in water to determine the quality of the nut. The ones that float have less oil and are of lower quality. The nuts are then redried for about 4 days. The high quality nuts are exported as is. The lower quality nuts are sorted again for “looks”, any discoloured ones become quality 3 and are used to make nutmeg oil. The quality 2 nuts are sold but do not command as high a price.
Fish fry, GouyaveSV TootLast night Cutty took several boaters to the Gouyave Friday Night Fish Fry. This is a small town on the western coast of Grenada that is the fishing capital of Grenada. Many locals fry up fish, shrimp, lobster, plantains, breadfruit, etc and sell them at stalls along several streets. A steel drum band entertains as one wanders from stall to stall tasting. Of course there is also beer and rum to try. We had a great meal enjoying the company of our new boating friends, Marlene and Michael from SV Toot.
We are now preparing to sail to Trinidad for our scheduled haul out on April 19th.