Flavour experiences – First a sweetness, next a fresh, almost citrus hint, and then comes that recognizable cinnamon flavour, with a warming woody taste to wrap it up.
The spice – Ceylon cinnamon originates in Sri Lanka; the colonial name of Sri Lanka was Ceylon. It is collected from individual trees that grow on the lands of small-scale tea or coffee farmers at the heart of the Sri Lanka
These farmers often cut the tree for practical reasons and sell them for little value. Eko Land buys the trees for more than a third on that price and works together with skilled cinnamon bark shavers – a profession that goes from generation to generation – to get the most and best bark of the cinnamon trees.
Working with – Eko Land is set up by father and son: Nihal and Remon. The perfect team of two completely different characters. A few years ago, they returned to family land to realize their dream: set up an Eco lodge and produce spices in a sustainable way involving the local community in all their steps. Providing drying facilities and knowledge, and looking for new markets.
How does it grow?
Ceylon Cinnamon is the bark of a large green tree. The bark is shaved from young branches and dried for 3 to 4 days. When it’s dried it rolls up. These small rolls are slid together creating the sticks you see in the store.
‘Wild’ cinnamon comes from trees that are not grown on estates. These trees are allowed to be fully grown. The bark thus comes from mature thick bark instead of young branches, giving it a more earthy flavour than cinnamon from estates.
Ceylon cinnamon is sometimes called ‘true cinnamon’ as opposed to another kind of cinnamon called Cassia, as for centuries it was seen as the real cinnamon because of its complex flavour. Their flavours are similar, but Cassia is spicier opposed to the subtle sour- and sweetness of Ceylon. The difference is easy to see with sticks. Cassia sticks are thicker and have less layers than Ceylon. Cassia powder is darker brown, although the freshness of the spices also determines the colours.
Check out the difference next time you are in the supermarket
Impact – In this way Eko Land can increase the value of various locally produced products, benefiting the farmers, in respect with nature
How many steps between farmers and you?
farmer – barkshavers – Eko land – The Good Spice – your kitchen
How many farmers?
The price the farmers receive?
LKR 400 = €1,70 kg (the market price is 300LKR kg)
€1,70 instead of €0,85 – an increase of 33%
KG organically produced spices imported?