Grenada is an island in the Caribbean, but the word can also refer to the nation of Grenada, which comprises three large islands and several smaller ones. The large islands are Grenada itself, Petit Martinique, and Carriacou. Located northeast of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada has long been called the "Spice Isle" because it is a major supplier of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa, and above all, nutmeg.
Tourists booked into Grenada vacation rentals will find several variations of nutmeg for sale at rock bottom prices and should be sure to bring home some of these exotic delights. Nutmeg is available in whole form, but also prepared as a jelly, jam, syrup, and even a medicinal topical ointment. While on the island, tourists can also take advantage of the chance to try nutmeg ice cream, which is sold across Grenada but is available virtually nowhere else in the world.
Bringing back spices, whether nutmeg or cinnamon, mace, or turmeric requires tourists to pack them in fully sealed containers. Besides nutmeg, another excellent buy is vanilla, which is sometimes available for prices as low as $1 per half-liter (about two cups). This is real vanilla extract, not the similarly named vanillin sold in some Latin American nations. Even better, perhaps, is to purchase dried vanilla pods. These are luxury items in developed nations but are priced very reasonably on Grenada.
To remember your Grenada vacation fondly for years to come, plunge a vanilla bean into a container of white sugar and store it for a month, shaking daily. Afterwards, your sugar will acquire a distinct vanilla flavor.