Day 7, Thursday, Wayanad, India
We spent three days in Wayanad watching the pickers pick pepper. (And no, none of them were named Peter.)
While I had been to the Wayanad plantations a few years ago, it was prior to the harvest. I visited a much different farm where about 95% of the crop was peppercorns.
Days 5 & 6, Tuesday and Wednesday, Wayanad, India
Mumbai and Kannur were so interesting, I almost forgot the real reason we came to India - to see the pepper harvest.
Since I started selling spices a few years ago, I’ve always wanted to come back to India to learn more about the black stuff that sits on nearly every kitchen table. Most of us use pepper on a daily basis, but few have any idea where or how it’s grown.
Sunday morning, we flew 1.5 hours south to the city of Calicut on the south west coast. My friend and partner-in-pepper and spices, Mr. Divakar, was waiting to pick us up with his nephew Akshay.
I originally met Mr. Divakar in 2002 while running The Land of Nod. I used to buy textiles from him and we became close friends. I never guessed that he'd one day ask me to join him in the spice business.