The tall rubber trees give shade to the garden, as well as provide the rubber latex. You can see the grooves cut on the rubber tree for the latex to flow down. The latex is collected in coconut shells .
At the borders of the garden are planted banana trees, which hold the soil, and provide fruit to the gardener.
Coffee gardens have other shade giving trees such as rosewood and arecanut.
Cottages are surrounded by coconut and arecanut palms, round which pepper, the king of spices, is made to twine.
People of Kerala have been growing and exporting pepper sice thousands of years. Columbus discovered America when he sailed to find the sea route to this land of spices.
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