The spice is rich in fragrance, praised for its medicinal and culinary properties since ancient times, is a native spice in Sri Lanka. The exotic and sweet flavoured spice stick is drawn from the outer brown bark of ‘cinnamomum’ tree. This contains the highest anti-oxidant strength in comparison to all other natural food sources, thereby, carrying excessive antiseptic components.
Well recognized world over for its medicinal and culinary characteristics, cloves releases a sweet aroma due to ‘eugenol’, its most essential oil content. Eugenol oil contains local anaesthetic and antiseptic components, vital for dental treatment procedures.
There are two predominant varieties of cardamom, namely, ‘elettaria and amomum’ which are native to southern India and in a few tropical countries inclusive of Sri Lanka. Cardamom contains a rich source of minerals such as, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are vital components to facilitate heart rate and blood pressure.