Escaping the UK wind and rain, he was able to explore a special country for the first time and learn more about this special spice.
Traditional methods with a long history:
The cultivation, harvesting and processing of cinnamon is incredibly skilful with methods remaining unchanged for over a thousand years. There is evidence dating back over 1,200 years of a Ceylon cinnamon trade with Rome and Egypt. It then became a key source of supply in the ‘Spice Race’ between the Dutch, Portuguese and the English.
All the processing is still undertaken by hand with no improvements in machinery (except for maybe a pair of scissors) for over 1,000 years.