CINNAMON - Cinnamon or cinnamon bark is the dried inner bark, stripped of its outer cork layer, which is peeled from the thin stems and twigs of the cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum aromaticum) of the laurel family (Lauraceae).
Cinnamon is also known as cassia. A similar spice to cinnamon is cassia (Cinnamomum cassia); once harvested, both roll up into "quills" when they are dried in the sun, but while cinnamon curls inwards from both edges, cassia curls inwards from only one edge. Due to their similar properties, cinnamon and cassia are dealt with together. Ground cinnamon of commerce may comprise cinnamon or cassia. The quills are 1 m in length and are subsequently cut into cinnamon sticks generally 8 cm in length.
The odor of cinnamon is aromatic and spicy, while its flavor may sometimes be hot and pungent. Cinnamon is offered for sale as sticks, broken bark and in ground form and is usually yellowish to dark brown in color.
Oil content: 1.0 - 3.5% essential oils, in particular cinnamaldehyde
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