Spice Farmers from around the world take pride in their organically grown spices. Stop at a spice farm on your next travels to learn about the history and culture of spices from one of these regions:
India (Asia) for Nutmeg
Nutmeg farmers in India are some of the best. They have an intense passion for preserving the land and providing the best quality products possible. Nutmeg comes from the seed of a nutmeg tree and is often used in holiday cooking along with Indian and Jamaican cuisine.
In this photo, Recep is a second-generation farmer in Turkey. He has been farming for 35 years and became a certified organic grower in 2009. Recep grows cumin and star anise. Cumin is the ground seed of a plant in the parsley family and requires long hot summers. It is a favorite ingredient in Mexican dishes.
Madagascar (Africa) for Black Pepper
Bebe is a fourth-generation farmer in the remote hills of Madagascar. Bebe’s impressive organic pepper plantation provides work for many of the local villagers. He ensures his crops are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and are free of genetically modified organisms.
Peru (South America) for Paprika
Santiago (pictured) is a first-generation farmer in Peru that developed a passion for organic agriculture while in college. He has not only brought an abundance of agriculture to an otherwise barren area, but he is providing employment to several people in a poverty stricken region. He grows jalapeños, paprika, and more.
Morocco (Africa) for Rosemary
Santis (not pictured) is a second-generation farmer in his farmlands in Morocco (photo). He has a great passion for sustainability and innovation – and grows a wide variety of ingredients on 40 acres of cultivated fields. Rosemary pairs perfectly with poultry.
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