The cinnamon peeling process. Scroll down for pictures of the plantation tour, and cooking and eating!
Cinnamon peelers move from land to land, peeling and then taking a pre-agreed share of the sale.
Cutting a shoot mature enough for harvest
Taking the sticks to the hut to peel
1. Scrape off tough outer bark
2. Loosen the inner bark by rubbing with a brass rod.
2. Another cinnamon peeler, peeling the bark off the stick.
2. And another; learning the trade from Dad in school holidays.
3. Layer and fill the stripped cinnamon bark. (School holidays again!)
4. Put the 'quills' up to dry for a few days.
5. Bundle the cinnamon quills when they are dry.
Bundles of cinnamon quills ready for market!
Off to market
At the market
Or let the market come to you!
Sticks with their bark peeled sold as fire wood.
Another labour is keeping the land clean.
Peeler on a day off.
Dogs inspecting the work.
Time for another harvest!
A group learn about cinnamon, and taste dishes made with the spice.