GRENADA VACATION SOUVENIRS IDEAS
You’ve planned your trip to Grenada, now you have to plan for the shopping excursions. St. George Market Square is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs on the Island. The market is open to locals and vacationers alike and is a great place to pick up goodies from the Island of Spice.
Whether you are searching for authentic keepsakes to ensure these memories stay fresh or simply curious about what to buy in Grenada, be sure to check out the following souvenirs you can buy in Grenada before returning home.
The guava is a tropical fruit that we enjoy most of the year in Grenada, its slightly acidic sweet taste makes it perfect for preparing many pastry recipes. A superfood with high nutritional and antioxidant content, guava fruits thrive in the tropical Grenadian climate. One of the most popular delicacies on the island features the fruit in a jam. Spread on bread, in trifles, or as a pastry filling, after purchasing a jar of guava jam you can enjoy the exotic tastes of Grenada anywhere in the world.
With immensely rich soil and a year-round tropical climate, the Grenada has a variety of spices to offer visitors other than nutmeg. Ginger, is almost as prevalent as nutmeg on the island of spice. It is frequently used in local cuisine, included in everything from curries and stews to jams and jellies. It’s added to ice cream and fudge! Like nutmeg, it can be found throughout the island and is available in an assortment of forms, such as fresh leaves or ground roots.
Chocolate Locally made
Grenada produce a large quantities of cocoa beans which in turn, the local artisans transform into assorted gourmet treats. From unprocessed whole beans and organic dark chocolate bars to find truffles, Grenada is as much a paradise for chocolate aficionados as it is for those seeking rest and relaxation. Assorted variety packs of chocolate make excellent gifts for your loved ones, while bars of your favorite Grenadian chocolate treats allow you to indulge in the rich cocoa long after your cruise has ended.
Grenada is the world’s second-largest exporter of nutmeg, is full of nutmeg plantations. In fact, nutmeg is so common in Grenada that you can actually smell it everywhere you go on the island. Because of this, nutmeg is dubbed as a must-have item for nearly everyone who visits the island. It can be purchased nearly anywhere and is available in a number of varieties, from whole nutmegs still in their shells to the more traditional ground spice. Nutmeg is also commonly incorporated into jams, syrups, and oils.
Jewelry is an exceptional souvenir, whether purchased for yourself or for a loved one. In Grenada, one of the most popular types of jewelry is made of coral. Locally sourced, the brightly colored coral reefs are transformed by local craftsmen into elegant pieces of jewelry. While necklaces are perhaps the most popular, you can also find coral rings and earrings to suit any style.
All over Grenada, you will find local shops with baskets full of local spices for sale. Many of these baskets are handwoven from palm fronds or straw by local Grenadians. Both durable and exquisite, these handwoven baskets are excellent souvenirs. Whether you opt to buy an empty basket or one filled with aromatic spices, these baskets are perfect for display.
Despite its name and appearance, spice necklaces are not intended to be worn around your neck. Spice Necklaces are actually a string of aromatic local spices. They typically vary depending on the artisans crafting them; however, cinnamon, turmeric, bay leaves, nutmeg, and cloves are common inclusions. Locals hang them in their kitchens to add a pleasant aroma and often slice off pieces of the spices for use in cooking when needed. The scent, paired with the many spices, makes spice necklaces a top souvenir in Grenada.
Aside from spices Grenada also produces high-quality rum. Filled with spices and sweetened with natural sugar cane, rum connoisseurs are in for a treat. Those who are unfamiliar with Grenadian rum varieties can explore the flavor profiles of each on the Spice Garden, Westerhall, and Rum Sampling excursion and purchase a bottle of their favorite to enjoy at home. There are currently three rum distilleries in Grenada and two additional rum makers. The companies that do not distill their own rum tend to purchase and blend other rums to sell under their own labels.
The market square has a wide array of spices, as well as local fruits and vegetables. The market square is the largest market in Grenada and it is at its busiest on the weekends. No matter which day of the weekend you attend, the vendors will be bustling with energy and ready to sell you ginger, nutmegs, and local crafts. The Market Square can be found at the foot of Grenville Street in the heart of the town of St. George.
Westerhall Estate is a high-quality producer of branded Rum products for the local (Grenadian) and international markets. Operating since the 1900s, Westerhall Estate has developed experience and quality that reflect strongly in the Rums produced, drawing unto the traditions of the island paradise of Grenada.