I'm a huge fan of cinnamon. I love it in cakes and buns, in apple pie and of course in copious amounts all over donuts. But I have to say I have never thought about where cinnamon comes from. Have you?
This all changed when we visited Sri Lanka and were suddenly in a world where cinnamon was all around and its origins were common knowledge. Cinnamon is endemic to Sri Lanka and its sweet scent would often be the fragrance of choice at hotels and spas around the country. Even the bathrooms smelled like cinnamon! Well, I can think of much worse things so no complaints here.
During our travels around this island nation, we learned that 90% of the world's cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka! That's one small island and one huge amount of production! Even if you don't know much about Sri Lanka's colonial history, you can quickly start to understand why it's been so hotly contested over the centuries.
We took a tour with aptly named Cinnamon Nature Trails of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to learn more about the spice trade and where this delicious addition to all things tasty actually comes from. Does it grow on trees? Your mother may have been wrong about this one.
Check out our latest video on one of the best experiences we had in Sri Lanka.
We were hosted on this experience by Cinnamon Nature Trails for a completely different project unrelated to our blog. But we enjoyed it so much, we decided to share this experience with you here.