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Spice Market (Fort Cochin, Kerala, India)

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spicemkt2This is not entirely a post on food, but it seems to fall within the general ambit of this site.  While we were in Kerala, we visited the famous spice markets in Fort Cochin, after being pestered into taking a guided tour by drivers of “tuk tuk ferraris.”  The spice markets dealt primarily in ayurvedic “spices,” but edible spices were also available, including ginger, star anise, and a number of others.  The storage facilities were beautiful and old — they have been used since approximately 1500, when the Portuguese based their tea trading out of the city, I believe.  Also, the lime-covered drying area for ginger was a memorable and blinding spectacle.  The one thing the pictures don’t convey is the smells, which were powerful and lingering.









Written by trencherman

June 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

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