The Belmont Estate is just one of many popular spice tours in Grenada for people interested in learning more about the island’s diverse flavors. Spices including ginger, pimento, turmeric, and nutmeg are grown on this 300-year-old plantation. You may view how these spices are produced and roam through the 400-acre estate’s gardens, museum, and goat milk farm while touring the estate. When the savory fragrances start to make your stomach growl, you can stop by the Belmont Estate restaurant for a bite to eat.
Even so, the Belmont Estate’s history isn’t all sweetness and light. Chattel slavery has a dark history on the plantation. Hundreds of men, women, and children were held on the estate until 1834 (the year enslaved people in Grenada were freed), harvesting sugar, which was the plantation’s principal crop at the time. Many people spent the majority of their life at Belmont; others were born and died as slaves. Approximately 200 enslaved persons were released during the emancipation. When touring the estate, keep this in mind to remember the lives of those who were slaves.
You can also visit the Grenada Chocolate Company for a factory tour while in Grenada. This small cocoa processing facility produces organic chocolate bars that are exported around the world. You’ll see how this exquisite treat is prepared on your tour of the factory, from the shattering of cocoa pods to the pouring and molding of creamy chocolate. The factory’s complimentary samples have been lauded by recent visitors, who also recommend purchasing sweets from the gift store.
On the northeast side of Grenada, about an hour’s drive from The Mt. Parnassus Inn in St. George’s, you’ll find the Belmont Estate and the Grenada Chocolate Company. A recent visitor mentioned that the place can be difficult to discover, so make sure you have directions before you go. For the added ease of organized transportation, many reviewers said they went with a local tour company.
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