Foodies rejoice! Your favourite cooking element takes centre stage in this Zanzibar food tour of the local spice culture. We'll take you beyond the shaker to a spice farm to sample the best "Spice Island" has to offer. After exploring a nearby village, we'll head to the home of a local cassava farmer for a Swahili cooking lesson and lunch of freshly-farmed produce.
Experience the culinary love affair that is Zanzibar and its 100 year relationship to spices! Not long ago, Zanzibar was supplying 80% of the world's cloves, earning it the nickname of 'Spice Island'. Since then, it's gotten some stiff global competition for its biggest export, but the distinctive flavours are still very much present in local cuisine and culture.
We begin our Zanzibar food tour at the source ' a local spice farm. Here, you'll get a chance to taste seasonal samples and learn local farming techniques. Think Zanzibar only farms spices? Think again! On top of your spicy favourites like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chilli, vanilla, saffron, and curry, they also cultivate pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians, and coconuts which you may get to taste straight from the tree!
After snacking on a variety of fresh fruits, we'll head over to a nearby farming village. This is a rare opportunity to explore a local village off the tourist route and experience local life, work, and development just as it is.
From there, we'll visit a local farmer to see her small cassava farm. After trying our hand at African farming, she'll take us to her outdoor kitchen for a local cooking lesson. All the ingredients used for the vegetarian dish are fresh from the village and nearby farmland. Every wanted to know how to make coconut milk from a fresh coconut? Now's your chance!
Our Zanzibar tour will end with a tasty Swahili lunch, including the dish we prepared as well as spiced rice, bananas, and local in-season produce. Feeling satisfied, we'll head back to Stone Town. On our way, make sure to ask your local guide about other off-the-beaten-path adventures in Zanzibar.