How spices are grown and harvested

How spices are grown and harvested
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Spices are grown and harvested in different ways depending on the specific type of spice. Here is a general overview of how some common spices are grown and harvested:

Pepper: Pepper is grown on a vine that requires a warm and humid climate. The vines are trained to climb up trellises or poles, and the berries are harvested when they turn red. The berries are then dried in the sun or using machines, which causes the outer layer to shrivel up and turn black.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a tree called Cinnamomum verum. The bark is carefully harvested, and the outer layer is scraped off to reveal the inner bark, which is then dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg is the seed of a tree called Myristica fragrans. The tree produces a fruit that contains the nutmeg seed and a red, lacy covering called mace. The fruit is harvested and the mace is removed, then the nutmeg is dried and either sold whole or ground into a powder.

Cloves: Cloves are the dried flower buds of a tree called Syzygium aromaticum. The buds are harvested when they are still unopened and then dried in the sun until they turn brown.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a root that is part of the ginger family. The roots are harvested, boiled, and dried in the sun. The dried roots are then ground into a bright yellow powder.

These are just a few examples of how spices are grown and harvested. Other spices, such as cumin, coriander, and cardamom, have their own unique growing and harvesting methods.

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