Spice Exports

Known as the Spice Island, Sri Lanka was historically attractive to the Western nations for its spice riches. Sri Lankan Spices and Allied products Suppliers export the most sought-after cinnamon, pepper, cloves, cardamoms, nutmeg, mace and vanilla. These grow in abundance all over the island in fertile and diverse soil types and varying temperature conditions.

56% of Sri Lankan agricultural exports consist of spices, allied products and essential oils. These varieties of condiments are used to season, flavour and aromatise various forms of cuisines across the world.

Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and mace also have high aromatic flavour. Sri Lankan clove is found to be richer in oil than those from other growing countries in the world.

The odour, flavor and oil contents are the important criteria of cloves. Cardamom is popularly known as ‘Queen of Spice’. Cardamom lands are generally termed as spice forests. Cardamom exports from Sri Lanka constitute light green verities. Nutmeg & mace are two distinctly separate spices derived from the same plant. It is an evergreen tree which grows in the up country in Sri Lanka.