Spice Island

Spices existed before the world began. So says an ancient Assyrian myth, according to which the gods drank sesame wine the night before they created the Earth. More reliable sources, dating from about 2,600BCE, inform us that the labourers who built the Great Pyramid of Cheops were fed spices to give them strength. And not very long after that, the ancient Syrians began using cloves – amazing when you consider that cloves then only grew in the spice islands of Indonesia. Later Egyptian embalmers also made frequent use of cinnamon, a Sri Lankan plant. Over a thousand years before Prince Vijaya, the legendary founder of the Sinhalese race, set foot in Lanka, our island was already part of a sophisticated international trading network!

We are very proud of the spices the island of Ceylon now known as Sri Lanka produces. They have played a part in the history of the world unbeknown to many. They are like no other and we would like to bring them forward for consumers all over the world to recognize and demand them from their retailers.


How spices made the world we live in
Spices existed before the world began. So says an ancient Assyrian myth, according to which the gods drank sesame wine…
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Trade secrets & travellers’ tales
Trade secrets & travellers’ tales
Asians and North Africans seem to have used spices – some home-grown, others imported – since the dawn of history,…
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The spice empires
What happened after that is well known. As Arab power declined, that of Europe rose. European navigators set out to…
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Spice world
Spice world
Globalization is a buzzword today, but it began thousands of years ago with the spice trade. It was travelling spice…
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Spice for health
The apothecary’s store Chew on a cardamom or a peppercorn, or inhale the aroma of freshly cured cinnamon bark. Without…
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Ceylon cinnamon
Ceylon cinnamon
The name original from Greek kinnámōmon, the botanical namefor the spice- Cinnamon Zeylanicum, from Sri Lanka’s former colonial name- Ceylon…
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