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Pepper Kerala spices
:Recently one of our guests from Finland
reported with great enthusiasm. ''Yesterday I fulfilled one of my
greatest ambitions ....". He had visited a pepper plantation
the previous day. Many of his friends too shared his excitement
having seen the precious pepper in its natural habitat.
In Kerala pepper is cultivated in a mixed crop
environment. In Wayanad, pepper is planted amongst coffee plantations,
and cultivated on a large scale. Pepper is also a main item in most
kitchen gardens of Kerala.
The spice-scented shores of Kerala have beckoned
traders from time immemorial, and its allure continues to hold sway
even today. The spices trade still dominates the commercial transactions
of the State. India, the world's largest exporter of spices, realises
three fourths of its total output from the rich plantations of Kerala.
Pepper : Kerala Spice
Kerala's spice trade with Babylon and Egypt can
be traced back to the 3rd millennium B.C. Cinnamon from Kerala was
used in embalming the dead bodies of the Pharaohs and in the manufacture
of perfumes and holy oils. King Solomon of Israel (1000 B.C) is
recorded to have sent his ships to Kerala for spices. Cinnamon from
Kerala first found its way to the Middle East through the Arabs