Spice Tour - Zanzibar - December 2004
This Dalla-Dalla was our transport for the spice tour.
Normally it is used as a public taxi, cheap transport. Passengers
squeeze around the bench on all three sides and the conductor hangs
off the door. There was a dozen of us but on the streets it would be
nearly twenty squeezed in. But no one gets angry or jostles or is
rude as on a London bus!
Fanasi = Jack
Fruit grows on tree trunk. Tasty yellow pouches with large seed.
The white milky paste inside can be cleaned off
the hands with paraffin or vegetable oil.
Please send me
corrections and further info to make the narrative more interesting
Mimosa plant - sensitive to touch
plant with a bunch of nearly ripe bananas (Keda in
Ginger (Soonthh in Gujarati)
Turmeric (Haldi in Gujarati)
Our guide Ali
showing us cocoa pod at a cocoa tree. The white flesh was very
These seeds make red colour for cosmetics e.g. red
spot adorned by Hindus on forehead
Tree - Silky hairs that surround the seeds of certain trees,
particularly the kapok tree (Bombax ceiba) of India and Malaysia and
the silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra) of tropical America. Kapok is
used for stuffing cushions and mattresses and for sound insulation;
oil obtained from the seeds is used in food and soap.
Duriyani tree - do
not walk under as it can drop on you. It is spiky and heavy
Duriyani fruit, stinky but tasty - that is what they say but I
have not yet tried it
Cassava sticks in
the ground. Like potatoes, they will grow tubers (Mohogo in
Is this pepper or
cardamom vine? Can anyone clarify?
Cinnamon (Tujj in
Gujarati) The tree bark is cut gently and dried in the
Pawpaw tree with pawpaw fruit hanging from the trunk
(Papadi in Gujarati)
The cow was
sitting chewing but got up; a mark of respect for the
Cardamom? (Airaachi in Gujarati)
trees (Lawing in Gujarati)
Our driver takes a drink of water from the mains tap
- underground fresh water supply
Nutmeg in its pod
(Jaifur in Gujarati)
School children on the way to school teasing us in
house - decaying and dilapidated
Not sure what
tree this is - can anyone clarify?
with fruit hanging (Darum in Gujarati)
cuddling up a small tree for support
Had lunch there
sitting on the floor. Vegetarian peellow in metal plates and
Drying some spice under the tree
Frangipani flowers. can also be white flowers (champa in Gujarati)
Anyone who can clarify what plant/tree is which?
for all information and clarification received.