A history and industry of cinnamon in sri lanka

It was offered on the specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. Despite the lack of written records, ancient Egyptians had used cinnamon as a preservative in cooking, embalming and as an important ingredient in medicine since BC.

Cinnamon needs a deep soil but cinnamon roots can penetrate even through the cracks of the parent material to deeper layers. The volatile oils obtained from the bark, leaf, and root bark vary significantly in chemical composition. The history of cinnamon dates back to about B. Portuguese traders finally landed in Ceylon Sri Lanka at the beginning of the sixteenth century and restructured the traditional production and management of cinnamon by the Sinhalese, who later held the monopoly A history and industry of cinnamon in sri lanka cinnamon in Ceylon.

Since the British took the control of the island and cinnamon trade too was moved to their hands. Cinnamon is originally grown wild in central hill country of Sri Lanka. This story was current as late as in Byzantium, although in the first century, Pliny the Elder had written that the traders had made this up in order to charge more.

Major Growing Areas In Sri Lanka, Cinnamon seems to have originated in the central hills where seven wild species of cinnamon occur in Kandy, Matale, Belihull oya, Haputale, Horton planes and the Sinharaja forest range.

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Ceylon cinnamon, using only the thin inner bark, has a lighter brown colour, a finer, less dense and more crumbly texture. Compared to the hard, hollow and cylinder-shaped Cassia cinnamon - the most common cinnamon available on the international market, Ceylon cinnamon has a pliable texture and can be rolled like a cigar.

Through the Middle Ages, the source of cinnamon was a mystery to the Western world. Wet zone is ideal for the successful growth of cinnamon but it can be grown commercially in Intermediate zones of mid and low country, where annual rainfall is more than mm.

The best historical evidence about the cinnamon trade in Sri Lanka is found in Up country-Dutch agreement Hanguranketha agreement signed in 14th February between the Sri Lankan king Sri Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe and the Dutch government.

Within the framework of the project, a nationally accredited vocational training framework was created for cinnamon field and factory operations. True cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.

However, over the past decade, international demand for Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka has gradually diminished compared to the lower-priced cassia. Quills are made by rolling the pealed bark and join several of them together to get a pipe like structure in the required length.

Due to the presence of a moderately toxic component called coumarin, European health agencies have recently warned against consuming large amounts of cassia.

The British took control of the island from the Dutch in By this agreement King had permitted the Dutch to cut and peel cinnamon in certain forest areas of Sri Lanka and Dutch agreed to protect the Kingdom from foreign invasion.

The Portuguese, seeking to maximise the cinnamon profits imposed strict regulations on cinnamon cultivators and peeler, making the destruction or poor management of cinnamon groves a crime punishable by death.

However, the ruling King of Ceylon at the time soon found out that the Portuguese were robbing him of the much valued spice income and joined hands with the eager Dutch to clear the island of the Portuguese.

Anyone who had the control of the supply flow would have made profits immensely. And, to meet the crocodile. Since the British took the control of the island and cinnamon trade too was moved to their hands. Because of that effort cinnamon cultivations were moved to Western and Southern coastal belts of the island.

When harvesting the spice, the bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant used. However, the rising demand for cinnamon in Europe accelerated the search for the secret destination of cinnamon with Spaniards searching in new found America and Portuguese setting sail towards Africa.

Labour shortage hits Sri Lanka's cinnamon industry

From reading Latin writers who quoted Herodotus, Europeans had learned that cinnamon came up the Red Sea to the trading ports of Egypt, but where it came from was less than clear. The Portuguese found the country to be strategically lucrative to seafaring and soon realised that they have finally discovered the secret source of best cinnamon in the world.

Many of the farms were flattened by the tsunami, which killed 31, people across Sri Lanka and damaged large swathes of its coastal agriculture. Five to eight seeds are planted in a bag but thinning out is done to keep vigorous plants after about two months.

A number of pests such as Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Diplodia spp. By this time the relative importance of spices in the world market had been declining due to the emerging plantation crop sector of tea and rubber, which restricted the further expansion of cinnamon.

Dutch traders finally dislodged the Portuguese by allying with the inland Kingdom of Kandy. The project is also assisting Sri Lanka with reviving its Pure Ceylon cinnamon brand and obtaining a Geographical Indication certificate for its cinnamon, which will grant an exclusive identity for this spice and hopefully help the country regain its leading position in the global cinnamon trade.

The processed bark dries completely in four to six hours, provided it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Travelling back to the mainland I peer into the riverside shacks.Analysis of Cinnamon Value Chain in Sri Lanka National Dissemination Workshop 20/03/ Overview of the Cinnamon Industry. Overview of the Cinnamon Industry cont.

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Home; Travel UK; Travel Europe Very interesting bit on the history and industry surrounding cinnamon. Never knew! The only thing you didn’t give me was the actual. Historical overview of the cinnamon industry.

Wijesekera RO. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Nees in Wall) is one of the world's oldest spices. Sri Lanka is the main provider of cinnamon, mainly exported as "cinnamon quills." From a phytochemical viewpoint, cinnamon is q uniquely interesting plant.

The volatile oils. Cinnamon has been cultivated from time immemorial in Sri Lanka, and the tree is also grown commercially at Kerala in southern India, Bangladesh, Java, Sumatra, the West Indies, Brazil, Vietnam, Madagascar, Zanzibar, and Egypt. Sri Lanka cinnamon has a very thin, smooth bark with a light-yellowish brown color and a highly fragrant aroma.

Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume Family Lauraceae History. Cinnamon is the dried bark of the perennial tree of mi-centre.comicum of the Lauraceae family.

True cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka as the source of world's finest cinnamon was hardly mentioned in global records until the late 13th century, when it was reported in an Arabic chronicle named, Monument of Places and History of God's Bondsmen.

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