Ginger and Cinnamon and Vanilla… OH MY!


On my way to the east coast of Zanzibar, I was brought to a local spice plantation for a tour and sampling of spices and fruits that are locally grown.

The growing and processing of vanilla pods, pepper corn vines, lemongrass plants, ginger root and cinnamon trees were explained in detail. I was able to sample these fresh spices right off the plants. If you are a person who appreciates cooking and preparing food, this is a great experience. You truly have not lived until you have tasted cinnamon bark sliced directly from the tree.

I was also shown the various tropical fruits that grow on Zanzibar including lemons, passion fruit, durian, jackfruit and pineapple. After viewing the various plants and trees, I was brought to an area and a large banana leaf was placed in front of me. Three local men then came over with a buffet of fresh fruit for me to sample. I think I ate their entire season’s harvest of passion fruit.

To top this wonderful experience off, a local boy climbed a 10 metre coconut tree, fetched some coconuts and then cut them open so I could enjoy some juice and coconut meat.

Fresh Coconut

Fresh Coconut


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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