Known as the Spice Island, Sri Lanka was historically attractive to the Western nations for its spices known to be rich. While cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, cloves, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, sweet-cumin, cumin, curry leaves, lemon grass and gamboges take a prior place as Sri Lankan spices, the geography, location and local climate have culminated in the abundance of a rich, rare blend of spices that is an inheritance itself.
It is said that during ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through spice trade, that gives spices a historical significance. The spices are well-needed in the Asian Cuisine while 4000 different species of spice plants are cultivated in the Peradeniya Gardens. Spices is another aspect that has made Sri Lanka a famous loving island with no hesitation.