Cinnamon–the spice of literature!


After last week’s exhausting 1,000 word composition and short biography (yes, writing more words is harder, but only proportionally!)
(graciously published by Flash Fiction Magazine)

…there’s this: Cinnamon–the spice of the literary minded.

Some of you may remember my seemingly unsuccessful attemps at growing cinnamon. But now, there is hope, in the form of new growth–and lustrous red leaves at that. What have I learned about growing cinnamon? Cinnamon likes it hot and dry. It is a mistake to overwater the plant in cooler weather–I know, I lost several plants this way. If you are a blogger from Sri Lanka you are probably laughing quietly to yourself (I say ‘you’ because I have it on good authority that there is only one blogger from Sri Lanka).

Cinnamon plant

Of course I have a long way to go before I can harvest cinnamon quills! I read somewhere (probably inscribed on on the back of some pamphelet on the many virtues of communism) that the leaves will impart a cinnamon taste to one’s tea.

Cinnamon plant

Then there’s the story of my Bolivian garcinia (a kissing cousin of the mangosteen). More on this later. And more compositions, perhaps. Thankfully my biography is already written and can be recycled. The three R’s of waste management are, incidentally, reuse, recycle, and redo–how did that get in there?



  1. Oh good! Your previous report on cinnamon was rather despairing, but these photos are quite promising. I imagine you will be sipping (I was going to say “swilling”, in honor of waste management, but It just doesn’t seem appropriate to your delicate temperament)….from a bone china cup some of that communist tea, as you compose your next literary work; but if you do so, be careful not to defoliate that lovely plant.

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    • Don’t worry, Cynthia. Guards–on loan from the Vatican, if you recall–are on duty around the clock, except when we have afternoon sandwiches on the veranda, making sure the little darling is not plucked like a vituperative chicken. I can then compose more works of near-genius knowing my cinnamon tree is safe from marauding bands of tea drinkers, dessert chefs, and common riffraff.

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  2. Now this is very exciting Prospero – looks at the many leaves, yes those little red ones hold incredible promise. The growth is excellent news, can’t tell you how many “outdoor” plants I’ve managed to drown. Looking forward to your latest writing.

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  3. I have been drinking a mix of cinnamon, ginger, lemon, rooibos and honey tea by the mug full (apologies to the delicate bone china cups) for the past few weeks – by far superior to any pharmacy bought cold/cough/flu remedy!
    Best wishes for a future splendiferous and bountiful plant. Much tea to you! 🙂

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