The aromatic, flavorful treat of paradise; Sri Lankan Spices
Sri Lanka is famous for its diverse range of valuable spices as a tropical island. These spices make your food burst with complex yet refreshing flavours. Ceylon Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Mace, and Vanilla are some of the most popular Sri Lankan spices.
Experience The taste of Real Cinnamon; Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon grown in Sri Lanka has a reputation due to its quality, unique flavour, aroma, and hue. It is taken from the bark of the cinnamon tree and used mainly as powder or sticks. Ceylon cinnamon has a delicate flavour and mild aroma. Cinnamon is used in baked goods, Asian cuisine, tea, medicines, and preservatives. Cinnamon is also used in cosmetic products and perfumes. Ceylon cinnamon is beneficial for diabetic, hypertension, and cancer patients. Cinnamon also has Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial properties.
King of spices; just a pinch of black pepper adds a great deal of goodness.
Sri Lankan black pepper is aromatic, pungent, and slightly citrusy. It is widely grown in Kegalle, Kandy, Kurunegala, and Matale regions. Black pepper is added at the end of cooking to add some spice to vegetables, salads, and meats. Ceylon Pepper lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also helps with cancer, depression, and oral health. Black pepper is used to cure sore throats too.
Cloves are just remarkable!
Ceylon Clove is prized for its distinct flavour and aroma, as well as its medicinal properties.
There is a unique specialty in Ceylon cloves!
Of course, that is the relatively higher oil content than other clove varieties. Ground cloves are widely used in preparing both sweet and savoury food, while clove oil is used in perfumes and medicines. Cloves aid to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, skin and liver health. Cloves are also good for the digestive system and oral health. Cloves are used to soothe mental fatigue and respiratory infections.
A little bit of cardamom is all you need to make your food flavorful!
Cardamom is primarily grown in the districts of Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Rathnapura, and a part of Galle in Sri Lanka. Cardamom has a unique taste and smell. It can be slightly overwhelming if used too much because it is citrusy, minty, spicy, and herbal all at once. Cardamom provides relief for chronic illnesses, depression, and mental stress. It also promotes healthy hair and skin. Cardamom helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure level and oral health.
The missing ingredients you needed; Nutmeg and Mace
Both nutmeg and mace are taken from the plant Myristica fragrans. Nutmeg is the dried seed of the plant, while mace is the lacy red membrane that surrounds the seed.
The taste of mace is softer and fruitier than that of nutmeg. Nutmeg thrives well in central regions like Matale, Kandy, and Kegalle, where there is a cool climate. These spices are used in preparing food, medicines, and perfumes.
Nutmeg and mace are rich in Vitamins A, B, and C. Copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium are also found in abundance in Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg, when consumed in smaller doses, has a calming and sleep-inducing effect. Oils derived from nutmeg are used to treat joint and muscle pain. A pinch of nutmeg can provide relief against diarrhoea, constipation, and bloating. Mace is used to encourage appetite. Consumption of mace releases dopamine and serotonin.
Feel the comfort with ginger!
Ginger is an important part of Sri Lankan cuisine and traditional medicine. Ginger grown in Sri Lanka is aromatic, pungent, and hot, with hints of sweetness and zest. Ginger can be bought as a powder, pickled ginger, salted ginger, and ginger jaggery. Both gingelly oil and oleoresins are produced using ginger. It is widely used in the perfume, medicine, and food industries. Ginger helps with nausea and indigestion. Depending on recent research studies, ginger is great for lowering blood sugar levels and fighting against the growth of some cancer cells. Ginger is used to reduce the pain caused due to Osteoarthritis and the menstrual cycle. It also lowers the level of LDL significantly.
Vanilla – One of the most expensive and demanding spices!
Vanilla is grown in Rathnapura, Badulla, Galle, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, and Kegalle. Whole pods, powdered, vanilla extracts, vanilla sugar, are the four main forms of vanilla. It is widely used in the food and beverage industry, as well as in personal care products. Vanilla is sought after because of its ability to enhance the flavour of other ingredients and add a sweet yet mild fragrance. Vanilla is appreciated for its calming effect. Smelling vanilla reduces anxiety and stress. Vanilla is rich in the compound, Vanillin that is full of germicide and painkilling properties.