Sri Lanka is the principle source of what spice that comes from the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree?
#102028. Asked by star_gazer. (Dec 30 08 11:44 PM)
"Cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka, where 90 percent of the fragrant tree bark is grown, risk losing sales because they can't get enough workers to harvest the spice."
"When you buy cinnamon you may be getting cassia. Both come from the inner bark of tropical evergreen trees, havie similar flavor and are used interchangeably. But aficionados insist that cassia -darker, stronger, less expensive- is inferior to true cinnamon. Sold as ground powder or as bark."
"The best cinnamon is from Sri Lanka, but the tree is also grown at Tellicherry in Java, Sumatra, the West Indies, Brazil, and Egypt. Sri Lanka cinnamon of fine quality is a very thin smooth bark, with a light-yellowish brown colour, a highly fragrant odour, and a peculiarly sweet, warm and pleasing aromatic taste."
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