I'll let you in on a secret - adding turmeric to cardamom can give you the colour and fragrance of saffron! Next, we stumbled upon intoxicating betel nut palms (which could get us dancing faster than 30ml of whiskey according to our guide!) and pepper creepers. Red, white and black peppers are all a product of the same plant; only the process differs. But if it's constipation you want to cure, black pepper is your best friend! We also saw aromatic orchids of vanilla, the second most expensive spice in the world, harvested in February. 30,000 vanilla pods yield only one litre of the delicious spice, costing around 11,500 dollars! Interestingly, the biggest consumers of vanilla are pharmaceutical companies, French perfumers and wonder of wonders, Coca Cola and Pepsi. These drinks apparently taste vile without vanilla to mask them. And yet we continue chugging them down! For genuine vanilla flavour, ditch the synthetic variants in the market and steep vanilla pods in a jar of sugar instead. In a few weeks, this sugar will be pure vanilla goodness without the exorbitant costs.