Malwatte Valley Plantations PLC's affinity with spices goes back several years when it started growing pepper (Piper nigrum) in its plantations. It is now one of the largest growers of pepper in south east Sri Lanka.
Nutmeg is derived from the seed of the nutmeg tree whilst mace is the dried "lacy reddish" covering or aril of the seed.
Nutmeg and mace is used in culinary and have similar sensory qualities.
Nutmeg, a slightly sweet and mace a more delicate flavor.
The essential oil obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg is used widely in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industries.
Pepper is a wine that is extensively cultivated in the tropics. It is used both as a flavor and for its medicinal properties. Pepper, which is widely used in international cuisine, is known to be the world's most traded spice.
Cumin is a dry seed of the herb cuminum cyminum. A member of the parsley family. It is the second most popular spice in the world, after pepper.
It is used for its distinctive aroma in many cuisines.
Cloves have been used as a spice in cousins worldwide. It can be use either whole or in ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly.
Cinnamon tree are native to South-East Asia. The sticks or quills are obtained from shavings taken from the bark of the genus cinnamomum.
Cardamom has a strong unique taste, with an intensively aromatic resinous fragrance. It is used in both food and drink.
Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight, but little is needed to impart the flavor.