ISLAND OF SPICE
Myristica Fragrans is a small evergreen tree, usually 5–13 m (16–43 ft) tall, but occasionally reaching 20 m (66 ft). The alternately arranged leaves are dark green,5–15 cm (2.0–5.9 in) long by 2–7 cm (0.8–2.8 in) wide with petioles about 1 cm (0.4 in) long. The species is dioecious, i.e. "male" orstaminate flowers and "female" or carpellate flowers are borne on different plants, although occasional individuals produce both kinds of flower. The flowers are bell-shaped, pale yellow and somewhat waxy and fleshy. Staminate flowers are arranged in groups of one to ten, each 5–7 mm (0.2–0.3 in) long; carpellate flowers are in smaller groups, one to three, and somewhat longer, up to 10 mm (0.4 in) long.
Myristica Fragrans is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. It is important as the main source of the spices nutmeg and mace. It is widely grown across the tropics including Guangdong and Yunnan in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Grenada in the Caribbean, Keralain India, Sri Lanka and South America.
This species is a famous spice (nutmeg and mace) and medicinal plant. The seeds contain 40%-73% fat and are used in industry. Other parts are used medicinally to treat, for example, dysentery and rheumatic pains and can be used as repellant insect.
CULTURE & HISTORIC INTERESTS
Grenadian culture is a mixture of British, African, West Indian and French influences which has left an indomitable influence in the folklore, dialect, music and general way of life. French influence on Grenadian culture can still be found in surnames, names of villages and the local dialect or Patois. Historical sites also portray remnants of French and British colonial architecture that have been well preserved.
Walk through underground tunnels and passageways or marvel at the picturesque views of the harbor down below.
Belmont Estate: Just an hour’s scenic drive from St George’s, Belmont Estate gains a real and Eco-friendly taste of Grenada, its history, culture, flavors and traditions.
Fort Frederick: Perched atop Richmond Hill at the center of St. George’s, Fort Frederick is a bastion type fort, which offers a 360 view of St. George’s.
Fort George: it is considered as the most important historical structure in St. George’s for its part in all the political and military changes that have taken place on the Island over the last three hundred years.
Fort Matthew: From battle ground to insane asylum, Fort Matthew is a physical testimony of the conflict endured by the Grenadian people. This 1500 yard fort is the largest on the island and was named after the governor at the time, Governor Edward Matthew. The 18th century bathrooms and army kitchens, underground tunnels and cells are just a few of the intriguing features still found in its natural form.
Grenada National Museum: The main structure of the Grenada National Museum was built in the late 1700s. The building housed three hotels, and then also a warehouse of a local merchant. The Grenada National Museum was opened in 1976. The museum displays historical artifacts and exhibits related to Grenada.
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Grenada’s education system is modeled largely on the British educational system. The majority of schools are Government-owned or assisted, and free education is available for children between the ages of 5 and 16. There are several privately owned primary schools and one privately owned secondary school.
There are 151 schools in Grenada, including 73 registered pre-primary schools and 20 secondary schools, as well as the T.A. Marryshow House, which is a tertiary institution, Marryshow House, which is a branch of the Extra Mural department of the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.) and the St. George’s University, which is an internationally renowned American offshore institution.