Cinnamon Farm Tour in Sri Lanka

I absolutely love cinnamon. I would add it to everything.. however I do know that’s not sensible.  Through a friend we met in Nepal we managed to get ourself a private tour of  a  cinnamon farm close to Weligama. This was amazing, we absolutely loved walking in-between the cinnamon tress on the 56 hectare of cinnamon land with the aroma of cinnamon for the entire time.

I always knew cinnamon came from bark, however that was pretty much all I knew.

Sri Lanka prides itself on the Ceylon variety of Cinnamon. It is endemic to Sri Lanka and it usually considered to be far superior to the Cassia variety found in China. Also Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which can be toxic.

The Manager of the farm showed us around and it was amazing to be able to walk around in the aromas of pure cinnamon. We were slightly choked at first when the guy cut a piece of bark of one of the trees and told us to eat it. The taste was delicious. Just sweet cinnamon, not what I was expecting from eating bark of a tree. It’s not like eating a spoon full of cinnamon powder or chewing on a cinnamon stick. It’s more like eating liquorice root just swap the taste of liquorice out with a sweet taste cinnamon instead.

After this we were given some leafs from the trees and again it taste amazing.

How is Cinnamon made?

This is the process of hows the tree become cinnamon sticks as we know them.

  1. Grow tree
  2. When it’s 2 years old chop it down
  3. Cut off all branches and knodules
  4. Shave off the outside bark
  5. Use hard metal tube and run it along to harden the tree
  6. Use knife to cut off thin sheet of cinnamon bark
  7. Dry for 2-3 hours
  8. Put the cinnamon bark cuttings into each other to form a one meter ish long tube
  9. Dry for about 7 days
  10. Then the farm sells it on..
  11. Other companies then chop the sticks up smaller and grind it down
  12. All finished cinnamon sticks have to be the same size otherwise the companies will not buy them

The steps with pictures

  • Grow trees
  • When it’s 2 years old chop it down
  • Cut off all branches and knodules

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Shave off the outside bark

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Use hard metal tube and run it along to harden the tree

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Use knife to cut off thin sheet of cinnamon bark

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Dry for 2-3 hours

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Put the cinnamon bark cuttings into each other to form a one meter ish long tube

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  • Dry for about 7 days
  • Then the farm sells it on..
  • Other companies then chop the sticks up smaller and grind it down

Before going to Sri Lanka I tried to find a cinnamon tour without any luck. Fortunately for me I met Astrid who had already been to Sri Lanka and to this cinnamon farm and she introduces me to the team. Unfortunately the cinnamon farm we went to is not open to tourist, even with payment.

 

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