Why Wayanad is the ultimate shopping destination for gastronomes
The hills of Wayanad are blessed with an incredible diversity of food – spices, tea, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and rare forest produce. Luckily, you don’t have to go wandering into the forest to find these – the highways crisscrossing through Wayanad, especially around Pookode Lake, have a plethora of shops selling local produce and handicrafts. Many of these are attached to spice and tea plantations.
By Syed Saad Ahmed
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The bamboo plant flowers once in about 50 years and dies soon after. But during this process, it releases thousands of seeds known as bamboo rice. The grains resemble brown rice, have a chewy texture and mild sweet taste. They can be used as a substitute for rice in meals and even to make sweets like payasam. Honey gathered from forests is also available aplenty.
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