True Cinnamon History 1948 to Today


We hope to bring you information on the official independence of Ceylon from the British in 1948 and the cultivation, production, and quality of true cinnamon cultivation by local rulers in this article. In our previous articles, we talk about the cultivation of cinnamon from the past to 1948 and the evolution of the market monopoly. If you are interested in that, read those articles below.

  1. History of True Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon) – Ancient Time
  2. True Cinnamon monopoly falls to Europeans – Portuguese (1505-1658)
  3. The Dutch and True Cinnamon (1658-1796)
  4. British and Ceylon Cinnamon (1796-1948)

While cinnamon cultivation was successful in the early days with the local authorities, information can be found that the traditional cinnamon Technicians (peelers) also made a successful living. However, with the introduction of the open economy system in Sri Lanka around 1977, cinnamon cultivation and production gradually declined. That is to say, as well as using the cinnamon plantations for other purposes and Cinnamon Technicians (peelers) did not have enough income to make a living, so they left the industry, entry of high-quality products into the market was minimal. Due to the above factors, Sri Lanka’s position as the No. 1 producer of cinnamon in the world market declined, export restrictions, and lack of incentives for production reduced product availability to the market. 

The market demand for real cinnamon has declined due to the availability of Chinese cinnamon at a lower price.

Today, Chinese cinnamon is available in large quantities at low prices but true cinnamon prices significantly higher than Chinese Cinnamon. The other main point is that many people often do not know how to the identification of true cinnamon.

By the 20th century, the value of true cinnamon had increased, and information on the harmful effects of Chinese cinnamon was revealed. The European Union and Germany are already working to reduce the use of Chinese cinnamon. Chinese cinnamon has a high amount of coumarin Content than Ceylon Cinnamon. Also, EU funding has been provided to improve the quality and quantity of cinnamon production in Sri Lanka.

The Department of Agriculture in Sri Lanka has also introduced the infrastructure and assistance schemes required for the re-cultivation of cinnamon and the training of cinnamon Technicians (peelers). It can be seen that Sri Lanka, the world’s best producer and pioneer of cinnamon, is working to meet demand and supply in the future. So we hope you will be able to buy real cinnamon at a reasonable price in the future as well.  

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