Sri Lanka and Cinnamon Essay

Submitted By Jessabel-Delgado
Words: 814
Pages: 4

Breakfast Project:!
Cinnamon !
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Jessabel Delgado!
Period 1, B day!
6 February 2015!

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Where and how is the breakfast item produced?!

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Most cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. it also comes from China, Vietnam, and Burma.!
B. Sri Lanka:
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• Sri Lanka’s climate is tropical and consists of distinct wet and dry seasons. From May to September is the typical wet season, from
December to March tends to be the dry season. Variations of soil within Sri Lanka reflect the effects of the climate, and terrain on the soil forming processes. The climatic influences are reflected in the dominance of the red yellow podzolic soils.!
• In Sri lanka’s agriculture is the most important sector of the economy and is divided into 2 main farming sectors: large plantation, producing for exports. On the other hand impoverished farmers with small land holdings produce more than half the country’s food consumption.! • Cinnamon is a hardy plant that can grow well in almost all types of soils under a wide variety of tropical conditions. The best quality cinnamon is produced on white silicacious sandy soils like the silver sands of Negombo District. Yield is higher in order soils but quality is coarser than in sandy soils. When harvesting the whole cinnamon plant a dose of fertilizer increases the yield significantly and application of organic fertilizer( cinnamon leaves, compost, and poultry manure) too is highly beneficial for successful growth and yield. One pest that effects the cinnamon plant are moths. Adult moth lay eggs in the bases of cinnamon plants and the larvae eats in to the plant stem near the soil surface, this pest damage is most common in old plantations with poor crop management. As a result the plant collapses from the base.!

Why is the breakfast item produced in this region/country?! !

A. cinnamon has been in use by humans for thousands of years, as early as 2,000 B.C. Egyptians enjoyed it, and it was even mentioned in the
Old Testament as an ingredient in anointing oil. Arabs transported cinnamon through cumbersome land routes resulting in a limited, expensive supply that made the use of cinnamon a status symbol in
Europe in the Middle ages. Cinnamon was considered a luxury item, once only available to noble classes. Around 1518, Portuguese traders discovered cinnamon at Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka, and conquered its islands population and gaining the control of the cinnamon trade. The more expensive Ceylon Cinnamon, most of which is still produced in Sri Lanka, has a mild, sweeter flavor popular for baking and flavoring hot drinks such as coffee or hot chocolate.!
B. Sri Lanka’s climate and terrain offer a natural advantage for producing cinnamon because of the tropical climate that is needed for the growth of cinnamon. Also the sandy soil in Sri Lanka is perfect for the growth of the cinnamon plant. The climate also plays a crucial role because of the low altitude with a moist, hot, tropical climate is important in order for it to thrive.!
C. Sri Lanka the spice island is known for cinnamon, one of the major spices. It is also one of the oldest and most significant spices grown there. The country’s economy has traditionally been based on agriculture, which now…