November 16, 2012

Ceylon Cinnamon

A few months ago I was poking around the Internet and found a video about the different kinds of cinnamon. Who knew! For what I learned on this video about how Ceylon cinnamon is different from the kind we usually find in our grocery stores in the USA. Korintje cassia cinnamon comes from Indonesia, usually Sumatra (Cinnamomum burmannii). As “supermarket cinnamon,” it is the most familiar to us. Vietnamese cassia (Saigon cinnamon, Cinnamomum loureiroi) and Chinese cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum) are the sweetest and strongest varieties. Vietnamese cinnamon is considered by many to be the world’s finest cinnamon; it and the Chinese cassia are not only sweeter, but more aromatic and more powerful (“spicier”) than the Indonesian Korintje cassia commonly sold in supermarkets. (copied from

After leaning about Ceylon cinnamon, I had to try it. I bought mine from from Savory Spice Shop. As you can see from the picture at the top it even looks different. It is much softer and very easy to grind in my spice grinder. I like it much better than the super market variety!

I'm a Tennessee tea sipper. I drink hot tea like other people drink coffee. My latest favorite wake up drink is hot organic white tea with honey, fresh ground Ceylon cinnamon, lemon and oranges wedge - oh so yummy! If you don't have a grinder you can break up the cinnamon and put pieces of the bark in your tea or tea pot and strain it out after it steeps or leave it in but be sure not to swallow it and get choked. If you have a hard time finding Organic White Tea, I use Prince of Peach White Tea from Vita Cost.

Ceylon Cinnamon is a good substitute for cassia cinnamon in any recipe. Give it a try and I bet you will be hooked just like me.

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