Agricultural heritage of Reunion island
Agriculture in Reunion has greatly influenced its populating process: at first, the cultivation of coffee was set up in 1714, involving a large workforce and leading to the institutionalization of slavery (mainly from Madagascar and the African continent). But an epidemic hit the coffee and left room for growing sugarcane. From the early nineteenth century, this new agriculture supplants that of coffee, but nevertheless continues to require many agricultural workers. With the abolition of slavery in 1848, they were thus fetched on the Asian continent: coolies or « indentured workers" from India and China, which now constitute two of the major communities in Reunion.
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An agricultural tour of Reunion through its successive cultures, here's what the DOMAINE DU CAFÉ GRILLÉ invites you to discover in St Pierre's countryside. Plants with various functions, tropical undergrowth and orchards, bamboos, palmtrees, and of course the coffee plantation producing the famous « Bourbon Rond », discover the stories of the guide before tasting this subtle beverage!
Visits and tasting
The heritage of Reunion Island will no longer have secrets for you after a guided tour with GUID A NOU! Dodo, a professional guide, will put all his experience and his passion at your service to discover the agricultural, botanical, but also cultural and historical facets of his island ...
When you drive up to Maïdo, be sure to stop at LA MAISON DU GERANIUM! Isabelle and Jean-Jacques will be delighted to show you their plantation of rose geranium together with other curiosities from Reunion. They distill on premise this aromatic plant from their garden but also from small local producers to make essential oils which they sell in their shop.
Tour and tasting
LA MAISON DES TERROIRS invites you to discover the cultural and agricultural heritage of the South of Reunion. On the Domaine de Manapany, a guided tour of the Villa des Brises will tell you more about the life of a bourgeois and rural family of the 1880s, and a stroll in its plantations or in the mountains in the Plain des Grègues will tell you all about the cultivation of sugar cane and turmeric.
Some plants, such as banana trees, were imported from China, others from Mexico like vanilla, and all the spices come from all over the world, and especially from Asia, in particular by Governor Pierre Poivre and the botanist Joseph Hubert: cumin, cloves, cardamom, pepper ...
Many farms, orchards and cooperatives open their doors to share with you their passion for Reunion's nature. Do not miss this opportunity!