How Farmers In One Indian Village Crafted The Most Expensive Nutmeg and Mace
How Farmers In One Indian Village Crafted The Most Expensive Nutmeg and Mace
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Nutmeg and mace are two separate spices found in the same fruit. Both have long been valued for their fragrance, flavor, and medicinal properties. India is the lead consumer of nutmeg as well as one of the top global suppliers.

One Indian town, Pollachi, has found ways to create some of the best-quality mace and nutmeg while effectively cutting out middlemen and selling directly to buyers. A kilogram of its mace sells for around $50 — more costly than mace from India's lead producer, Kerala, which sells for $35 per kilogram, and the US, at $9 per kilogram. So what makes Pollachi's nutmeg and mace so special? And why are they so expensive?

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:28 - Meet the Picker
  • 2:43 - The Nutmeg Fruit
  • 3:18 - Dangerous fire ants
  • 4:03 - Washing
  • 4:56 - Separating Mace from Nutmeg
  • 6:21 - Drying 
  • 7:03 - East Indian nutmeg vs West Indies nutmeg
  • 7:35 - Meet the Farmer
  • 7:56 - First-class Pollachi Nutmeg
  • 8:42- Pollachi Mace compared to others
  • 8:51 Secret techniques
  • 9:07 Bit by ants!
  • 9:40 Cutting out the middleman 
  • 10:15 Struggle of Global farmers
  • 10:45 Success of the Cooperative

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