Ceylon Spices & Allied Products – Pepper, Cloves, Cardamoms, Nutmeg & Mace and Vanilla

Sri Lanka was historically attractive to the Western nations for its spice riches. Sri Lankan Spices and Allied products Suppliers export the most sought-after pepper, cloves, cardamoms, nutmeg, mace and vanilla.

Sri Lanka has been famous for an exquisite range of spices for centuries. These include cinnamon, pepper, cloves, cardamoms, nutmeg, mace and vanilla. Out of exports under other agriculture commodities, 56% comprise of spices and allied products and essential oil sector


The ‘King of Spice’ and botanically known as Piper Nigrum. Pepper is traded worldwide and is normally consumed as a spice. Sri Lankan Pepper has a higher piperine content, which gives it a superior quality and pungency. Pepper is offered in different grades for grinding and extraction of essential oils and oleoresins. In Sri Lanka, pepper is grown in the wet and intermediate zones, mostly as a mixed crop. Sri Lankan pepper suppliers meet only 2% of the global demand for pepper.

Pepper Trading was carried out by the traders from India’s Malabar region, who purchased pepper stocks from the South Indian and Sri Lankan pepper manufacturers and transported them to the buyers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa through land routes.

Sri Lankan pepper has high intrinsic quality. The Sri Lankan Pepper has higher piperine content which gives it a superior quality and pungency. Pepper is offered in different grades for grinding and extraction of essential oils and oleoresins. In Sri Lanka pepper is grown in the wet and intermediate zones mostly as mixed crops.

Sri Lankan pepper manufacturers mainly produce black pepper and white pepper from their harvest. While black and white peppercorns are both the fruit of the pepper plant, they are processed differently to bring out different colour and strength. Black peppercorns are picked when they’re almost ripe and sun-dried, turning the outer layer black. To produce white peppercorns, this outer layer is removed before or after drying, leaving only the inner seed.


Sri Lankan Clove suppliers have a substantial market worldwide as Sri Lankan clove is found to be richer in oil than those from other growing countries.

Clove is the dried unopened flower bud of the evergreen tree, Eugenia Caryphyllata Thumb. The odour, flavor and oil contents are the important qualities of cloves.


Cardamom is the dried fruit of Herbatious Perennial Elettaria Cardamomum. It is popularly known as ‘Queen of Spice’. Cardamom lands are generally termed as spice forests. Sri Lankan Cardamom suppliers export light green varieties of cardamom.

cardamom was used as a tooth cleaner by ancient Egyptians, while the Greeks and Romans used cardamom as a source of fragrance in perfumes and air fresheners. Ancient Chinese and Indian herbal medication also involved cardamom as a main ingredient and were among the main cultivators of cardamom.

Cardamom exports from Sri Lanka constitute light green verities. Nutmeg & mace are two distinctly separate spices derived from the same plant. It is an evergreen tree which grows in the up country in Sri Lanka.

Nutmeg & Mace

Sri Lankan Nutmeg & Mace Suppliers export Nutmeg Oil and Nutmeg & Mace Ground to countries such as India, UAE, Pakistan and Singapore.


Vanilla plant is a tender, fleshy vine, belonging to the Orchidaceae family. Vanilla fragrance is important as a source of natural vanilla. According to the 2013 statistics a mere 13-20% of the global demand is met by producers of natural vanilla extract, while synthetic or natural vanilla flavouring filing the rest of the demand.

Sri Lankan vanilla exporters have come up with ingenious products like vanilla infused virgin coconut oil, vanilla tea, bee honey with natural vanilla and vanilla vinegar. Other than the value added vanilla products, the local vanilla suppliers also export natural vanilla extractions, vanilla beans, vanilla pods, vanilla paste and vanilla sugar.

Sri Lanka also has the potential for ginger, turmeric and vanilla cultivation and exports. Vanilla fragrance is important as a source of natural vanilla. It is used as a flavour ingredient in confectionary industry and also in perfume and pharmaceutical industries. The production of spice crops continues to be largely confined to mix home gardens particularly for pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom.

Export Markets

The above products can be exported in primary form, value added form such as gift packs, branded retail packs and powder form. In value addition companies have to use the upgraded technology for grinding and packaging of spices according to the buyers requirements.

export companies can certify under GMP, HACCP & ISO, would receive more opportunities in the international trade

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  1. Amal De Silva says:

    Like to know on exporting these spices to foriegn market. need guidance and support to take this forward. Need list of buyers too.

    Contact me on 0777 ****** – Amal

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