Chai tea, fruit buns and many other sweet and savoury dishes would all want for flavour without the aromatic bark of the cinnamomum burmannii tree. The bark of the evergreen cinnamon tree — known as kayu manis, or sweet wood, in Indonesian — is harvested, dried and ground into a fine powder to make one of the world’s most popular spices.
Now, the spice is sweeter than ever with the introduction of the world’s first Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cinnamon farms in Kerinci, Indonesia. Located on the island of Sumatra, Kerinci is an important centre for global cinnamon production, as well as the home of Indonesia’s highest volcano and one of the few remaining pockets of habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Read the rest of this entry ?