Authentic Goa, different from the tourist beaches and nightlife, really opens up if you travel to one of its spice villages or spice farms. The rich red soil of Goa and its tropical climate are perfect for growing spices. You'll have the chance to explore how each of the spices are planted, harvested, and further processed. Locals can even tell you how to treat various diseases with the help of spices.
Every spice has its own season. Black pepper harvesting season runs from November to March. Cassia, Cumin, and Cardamon are in season from September to January. Coriander and Fenugreek can be seen from March till May. Sweet Tamarind season is from April till June. These spices are usually put into sauces and sweets. Fennel season is in February and March, Dill - from December till March. If you plan your trip between September and June, you'll definitely find some spices in season.
One of the most popular places to visit is the Sahakari Spice Farm. It is famous not only for the variety of spices, but also for its fruit gardens. The most unique spice here is vanilla and the territory of the farm is over 130 acres.
Another popular spot is the Abyss Spice Farm. This spice plantation, located on high mountains, is known for its huge amount of medicinal herbs. The Savoi Spice Plantation has an abundance of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, basil, nutmeg, and pepper. Here you can even find cashews. There is a huge variety of different spice plantations so whatever you choose you'll have a great experience.