Cymbopogon is a key botanical ingredient in the flavour and fragrance industries. Many of its species and subspecies are well known and have been used for decades. Cymbopogon Nardus is endemic to Sri Lanka, and its uses stretch back generations. Still, its cultivation is closely linked to the Spice Trails that went through Sri Lanka which began in the 18th Century.
The plant plays an important role in local cooking, medicines, and interestingly as a mosquito repellent. The small green leafy bushes are cut three times a year for almost twenty years at every plantation. The leaves, long and thin, are packed into bundles and sundried for one to three days. This step is necessary but also perilous, as the sun causes the volatile compounds of the material to evaporate. After steam distillation, which happens in field alembics shared between farmers, the empty material is sundried, in order to use it as the only fuel for the boiler. With a suave and fatty floral-rosy note, with herbaceous and earthy undertones, Ceylon's Citronella is not to be compared with the Java one.
This botanical species has been produced in much bigger volumes during the last decade, resulting in the Nardus type cultivation being abandoned in many farms. Since the Company's beginning, we have always worked to promote and bring back this native species to the forefront of our farmers' minds. Used in its natural form for aromatherapy as well as in fragrances, which truly brings out its character, the Sri Lankan Citronella is a wonderful product that we are proud to produce.Back