Author: gmj

Betel

Betel Piper betle L.Family: Piperacea History Betel is an evergreen, perennial climber widely grown all over the Sri Lanka. The commercial product is the leaf, mainly used for chewing with Arecanut, slaked lime, tobacco and some other ingredients.  Betel chewing

Cardamom

Cardamom Elettaria cardamomFamily – Zingiberaceae History Cardamom, known as the “Queen of Spices” is a perennial herbaceous plant with a pseudo stem and thick irregular shaped rhizomes. Cardamom grows wild in the Western Ghats of Southern India. Many historical texts

Cinnamon

Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume Family: Lauraceae History Cinnamon is the dried bark of the perennial tree of C.zeylanicum of the Lauraceae family. True cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is originally grown wild in central hill country of Sri

Ginger

Ginger Zingiber OfficinaleFamily: Zingiberaceae History Based on the  historic records more than 3000 years, ginger is believed to be originated in East Asia. Ginger has been used as a spice from ancient times. It has been widely used in Chinese

Goraka

Goraka Garcinia quaesitaFamily : Clusiaceae Garcinia quaesita, known as Goraka (Sinhala) and Kodukkaippuli (Tamil) is belongs to family Clusiaceae. It is a medium evergreen, shade-loving, relatively slow growing tree naturally found in the local tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka. The