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Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

2015-07-16

Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

Unlike the tea made from tea plant (Camellia sinensis), herbal tea or tisane has a long history as a Sri Lankan traditional beverage and has been one of the main beverages consumed by ancient Sri Lankans before the introduction of coffee and tea to Sri Lanka by British colonial planters.

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Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

2015-07-15

Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

Weighing some 138.7 carats, the Rosser Reeves Star Ruby is one of the world’s biggest and most precious star rubies. This Sri Lankan stone is famed for its striking colour and noticeable star pattern. Advertising mogul Rosser Reeves, whom this stone is named after, donated this to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1965.

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Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

2015-07-15

Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

2015-07-14

Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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Creating art with coconut wood

2015-07-14

Creating art with coconut wood

Due to lack of regenerative tissues, the coconut tree does not increase in width with age and maintains a trunk diameter of 20cm to 30cm with an average height of 25 meters. The composition of the coconut timber is similar to conventional hardwood and performs well as a substitute for hardwood.

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Different flavours and uses of coconut

2015-07-14

Different flavours and uses of coconut

From super hydrating coconut water to oil rich coconut milk and gluten free coconut flour, coconut is a source of varying tastes and food products, feeding a world with nutritious and tasty products that are easy to prepare and good to eat.

For every Sri Lankan that ever lived, coconut palm is equal to a wonder tree that delivers to a variety of products from food, cleaning material to shelter.

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‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

2015-07-10

‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. “Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues came from value added while other 50% is from raw tea exports” revealed Bandula Egodage (Chairman & CEO-EDB) on 10 July.

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Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

2015-07-10

Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

With a climate and soil conditions proven ideal to the growth of fruits and vegetables, Sri Lanka has been known to produce a large variety of tropical delicacies in demand worldwide. Agriculture, being one of the most popular livelihoods in Sri Lanka, the local markets experience an influx of fresh fruit and vegetable products during the harvesting seasons.

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Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

2015-07-10

Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

Whether it's sweet biscuits or chocolate or savoury crackers, confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka tingle your tastebuds like no other. Perhaps in keeping with the age-old reputation for hospitality, Sri Lankan bakers and confectioners have mastered the art of taste and concocted a tantalizing array of baked and confectioned delicacies over the years. The news of superior quality and taste has reached offshore into the overseas, resulting in a huge demand for confectionery & bakery product from Sri Lanka.

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Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

2015-07-10

Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

Coconut is also one of Sri Lanka's three major export crops, bringing home a total revenue of US$ 537.52 millions last year. Known for its great versatility, coconut tree is one of the most important trees in Sri Lanka, may the guidelines be economical or cultural.

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Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

2015-07-08

Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

With an ideal pore structure to trap contaminant molecules, Coconut shell activated carbon is one of the most preferred filters in the industrial world today.

Unknown to most of us, activated carbon plays a large role in our lives today. Humans drink water purified with it, breathe the air that has been scrubbed clean with it, eat food purified from it, wear clothes made with the help of it, go to war with it and heal ourselves with it.

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Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

2015-07-08

Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

A natural by-product of coconut milk production, coconut flour is made out of dried coconut meat and is gaining grounds in international markets as a gluten and wheat free, high fibrous alternative to grain-based flour products.

The scraped white kernel of the coconut is used to extract coconut milk and the left-over is dried in low temperatures and is grounded into a soft powder to make coconut flour, popular among the health conscious and those adhering to a wheat free diet.

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Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

2015-07-07

Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

Coconut and coconut based food products has been oscillating between good fat and bad fat groups for the last few decades and have finally proven to do more good than bad to the human body.

Made from the soft white kernel of the coconut, coconut milk has been a necessary part of Asian cooking for thousands of years and has been a major source of protein and fatty acids to Sri Lankans, Indians and inhabitants of Pacific Islands.

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More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

2015-07-07

More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

Sri Lanka is the world's largest exporter of coir fibre and coir fibre based products, exporting a multitude of raw coir fibre and value added coir products to industries ranging from agricultural and horticultural developers to auto-mobile producers across the globe.

Since the introduction of industrial coir manufacturing in the country in 1900's, Sri Lankan coir manufacturers have been the main suppliers of raw coir fibre and coir fibre based products to the global coir market.

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Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

2015-07-07

Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

Once a jealously-guarded secret of the North Mexican Totonac tribe, who believed in a divine connection between the Vanilla orchid and their tribal deities, vanilla was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquistadors, who are also ironically credited with the introduction of chocolate.

Until the 19th century the global vanilla demand was exclusively met by the Mexican as the first attempts at growing vanilla outside Mexico proved ineffective due to the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, a local species of bee.

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Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

2015-07-07

Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

Pure Ceylon Cinnamon or true cinnamon, as it is known across the world today, carries many health benefits backed by scientific and medical research.

Among its most celebrated health benefits is the cinnamon's ability to control blood sugar. According to the latest medical research cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon is capable of reducing the blood sugar level by 3-5%, similar to the early generation of diabetes medication. A combination of Ceylon Cinnamon, healthy diet and regular exercise is recommended as an ideal pre-diabetic life style to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes.

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Sri Lanka Supplies Top quality Cardamom to the World Spice Market

2015-07-02

Sri Lanka Supplies Top quality Cardamom to the World Spice Market

Cardamom, the queen of spice, with a sweet mixture of aroma and flavour, is the third most expensive spice in the world spice market second only to saffron and vanilla.

Part of the ancient family of spices, cardamom was used as a tooth cleaner by ancient Egyptians, while the Greeks and Romans used cardamom as a source of fragrance in perfumes and air fresheners. Ancient Chinese and Indian herbal medication also involved cardamom as a main ingredient and were among the main cultivators of cardamom.

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The History of pure Ceylon Cinnamon, the Spice of Life

2015-07-02

The History of pure Ceylon Cinnamon, the Spice of Life

Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, known as the spice of life, has been an important part of human life since the beginning of history and Sri Lanka as the source of the world's best cinnamon has been wrapped in Myths and legends

The first records on sweet cinnamon or Pure Ceylon Cinnamon in History appears in the Hebrew Bible as an essential ingredient in consecrated incense and even the new testament mentions cinnamon's fragrance in proverb 7:17, "I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon ".

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Ceylon Spice Condiments - the Exotic Taste of the East

2015-07-02

Ceylon Spice Condiments - the Exotic Taste of the East

Sri Lanka, India and many other Asian countries have a history of concocting spice condiments with home-grown spices to enhance the flavour of their ethnic dishes. Made mainly with fresh ingredients, these spice mixtures include numerous curry powders, curry pastes and sauces, made to a time-tested recipe.

Most of Eastern curry powders are made by grinding coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, dill, sweet cumin, chilli, ginger, curry leaf, mustard, garcinia, clove, black pepper, garlic, screw pine, lemon grass and cardamom into a mixture, and are usually used in preparation of vegetables, lentils and yams.

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Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

2015-07-02

Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

Hailed as a 'superfood' in the truest sense of the word, coconut oil boasts a unique combination of fatty acids that lead to effective fat burning, better cognitive function along with a range of other health benefits.

1. Coconut Oil contains fatty acids with potent medicinal properties

Coconut oil is one the richest sources of 'staurated fat' known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being staurated. Due to the same fact, it wasn't long ago that coconut oil was blamed as a principal cause of heart problems.

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