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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ".
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.
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.
Sri Lankan biz, facilitated by EDB strongly raged at the recent Kunming international fair in China notching initial an income surpassing $2 Mn-and some eager Lankan firms are still continuing in the mainland having been asked by keen Chinese firms to stay back and conclude initial agreements for future biz, as revealed on 30 June.
The newest addition to cinnamon's medical and health benefits include its innumerable beauty benefits to skin, teeth and hair.
Ceylon Cinnamon has proved to be more than just a tasty spice and with the lowest amount of coumarin, Ceylon cinnamon has been proven to have a wide spectrum of health benefits ranging from anti-cancer, antibacterial, antioxidant action to improvement of memory, alertness and reducing blood sugar and stress.
Considered one of the most important spices since the beginning of known history, Pepper trade controls nearly 20% of the global spice market today, and Sri Lankan Pepper exporters have the potential to expand into a market that is as lucrative as gold.
Pepper has been in global use since the fourth century BC mainly among the Eastern civilizations and the most ancient archaeological record of pepper has emerged from the tomb of Ramases II, inserted into the nostrils of mummified Pharaoh during mummification.
Extracted from herb and spice plants and flowers, the uses of herbal oils in medicine and cosmetics has been a common practice among Eastern civilisations until the trading sailors took these fragrant secrets with them to Europe between 11th and 13th centuries revolutionising the world's medical and beauty habits.
Essential oils derived from spices, herbs and flowers have been an essential part of Sri Lankan life style since as early as 2000 BC. The indigenous medical records of early Sri Lanka recommend the use of cinnamon oil extracted from the cinnamon leaf to relieve the pain caused by arthritis while cinnamon oil extracted from the cinnamon bark has been used for aromatherapy, to cleanse polluted air and to keep away various insects in households and in paddy fields.
The combination of Sri Lanka's two export super brands, Pure Ceylon Tea and Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, concocts a tasty flavoured tea with a number of added health benefits
While Ceylon Tea is a rich source of anti-oxidants, Ceylon Cinnamon is a list topper for the highest density of anti-oxidants per 100g, recording an Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) of 267,536 TE per 100g.
Battling the bulge and have exhausted all the tricks in the book? It is time to sip up and slim down with Ceylon green tea.
Although numerous health benefits of green tea has been a well-known secret among global tea enthusiasts, green tea's ability to burn the fat cells in the body has come to be established through scientific research only recently.
Ceylon Green tea has proven to be more than just a refreshing drink, but does it hold all the health benefits as claimed?
Although most of Ceylon tea products, in the global market, originate from large scale tea plantations, a growing number of tea small holders are seeking to carve their own niche in producing the world's best fair-trade organic tea.
The Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) and Sri Lanka's Export Development Board (EDB) have formed a partnership, aimed at enhancing EDB's capacity to assist small and medium sized Sri Lankan exporters to make further inroads into the lucrative Canadian market, the High Commission of Canada in Colombo announced on Wednesday.
The best of Ceylon Tea, hand-picked and processed with extreme care is designed to deliver the most exclusive tea experiences across the world.
The finest of the tea flavours and their blends were a well- kept secret in the Chinese Royal court and their betrayal was so big a crime, that it was punished with death and torture. However, most of these tea blends are being manufactured in Sri Lanka today, with greater flavour and aroma, compared to their predecessors.
As Sri Lanka’s King of Spices continued at a steady second rank among all spice exports for a third year in a row, Sri Lanka prepared to move its top spice players to a forthcoming global Conclave in China with a view to diversify markets-and to cash in on the emerging Far-East, as revealed in Colombo.