Herbs and Spices in Sri Lanka have played the most important role in cuisine throughout the history of the country. During the medieval era, in the absence of fridges and freezers, herbs and spices were importantly used as food preserving agents, specifically for meat-based dishes. Today tourists can visit the many herb and spice gardens situated around the country. A single visit will demonstrate how the allure of spices and the wealth they generated, drove Western merchants to brave the unknown oceans in search of profits. Cinnamon, Cardamom, Turmeric, Mustard, Lemon Grass, Cloves, Coriander, Gamboges, Tamarind, Chillie, Cumin, and Ginger are famous spices you can found here.