Organic Whole Cinnamon (Splits)
Cinnamon is the bark of a bushy evergreen tree Cinnamomum verum (or Cinnamomum zeylanicum – named after Ceylon, which is now Sri Lanka) of the laurel family. Cinnamon is native to South Asia, Seychelles and Madagascar. Cinnamon is sold as a very thin, smooth bark, wrapped into quills (in Sri Lanka) or cut into splits (in India), with a light-yellowish brown color and a highly fragrant aroma. This variety of cinnamon is also sometimes referred to as Real Cinnamon.
Cinnamon, from Cinnamomum verum, is gaining popularity in the United States since it has low Coumarin levels and has a mild, slightly sweeter flavor and is much more aromatic.
Cinnamon is graded based on the diameter and length of the quill and the extent of discoloration.
Other varieties of cinnamon that are commonly sold are from China (Cinnamomum cassia), Indonesia (Cinnamomum burmannii) or Vietnam (Cinnamomum lourerioi) and are known as Cassia Cinnamon. These have s strong spicy flavor and are thicker, hard and woody and are darker reddish brown in color.