Cinnamon Cultivation in Sri Lanka – One of the major export crops!

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Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer of cinnamon which accounts to over 70% of global cinnamon production. Read on to know more about cinnamon cultivation in Sri Lanka.

Cinnamon | Image Credit : Sam Mugraby,, Cinnamon-other, CC BY 2.0

What is cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world that is used for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. It is very aromatic and used to enhance the flavour of certain food items. The spice is basically the inner bark of trees that belong to the genus Cinnamomum

The origins

Sri Lankans have been using Cinnamon their cuisine since the ancient times but it was during the arrival of Portuguese to the islands this aromatic spice was taken to the global market. Ever since the country has been a major contributor for the worlds cinnamon production.

The industry

Being an industry that gives employment opportunities for thousands, Cinnamon cultivation immensely contributes to the country’s economy. Initially, cinnamon was only grown in the central highlands but today it is cultivated in many regions all over the country; even in coastal areas

Visiting a cinnamon garden

Visiting a cinnamon garden will certainly be a unique experience and being a common crop that is grown all over the island finding one won’t be a problem. If you are staying at any of the Sri Lanka beach resorts the likes of The Blue Water Hotel and Spa you can easily visit a cinnamon cultivation land by getting in touch with the front desk.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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