Friday, September 10, 2021

Money & Shopping in Grenada

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Grenada produces many amazing products. Rum, chocolate, honey, jams and jellies, spices, clothing and art. Many of them are award-winning. Support the local economy when you are on the island and buy local products to take home.

Nutmeg is Grenada’s cash crop, so be sure to bring some home in one form or another – whole, jam, jelly, syrup, nutmed (medicinal ointment). You can also buy nutmeg-flavoured ice cream, which has an unusual taste that is hard to find elsewhere. Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 destroyed more than 90% of Grenada’s nutmeg crop, but fortunately you can now find plenty in the market, in town and in tourist shops. Other fine spices include mace, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, turmeric, etc.

To bring herbs/spices into the USA (and many other countries), they must be kept in properly sealed containers. Most responsible sellers offer them packaged – check to be sure.

Real vanilla sells for a lot of money in the markets, sometimes as much as US$1 for a half-litre bottle. The concentration of the liquid varies, but in its pure form there is a noticeable (and very pleasant) difference from the vanilla extract that most North Americans are used to. You can also look for dried vanilla beans (in the pod)…. an essential ingredient in a whole range of herbs and kitchen spices.

Locally grown and produced chocolate is gaining a good reputation. Excellent bars of various cocoas can be found at the Co-op shop, the nearby Belmont Plantation, grocery shops and the cruise terminal.

Rum Grenada produces some of the best rums. You will understand what a “good” rum is when you taste the rum produced in Grenada, and you may even become a convert by sipping a “good rum”!

The chocolate from Granada is one of the best in the world. Dark chocolate, organic. Look out for the beautiful, colourful packaging.

The large cruise ship pier, located outside the main harbour, offers a small enclosed “duty free” shopping centre. There are several shops (and grocery shops) selling local items and items for cruise passengers. Prices for local products can be higher than in shops elsewhere on the island. A block away is the spice market with stalls run by families and farmers.