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Cinnamon Cassia Powder (organic)



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Product Description

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum cassia

Plant Family: Lauraceae

Botanical Description:
Cassia cinnamon, scientifically known as Cinnamomum cassia, is an evergreen tree belonging to the Lauraceae family. Native to China, cassia cinnamon is also cultivated in other parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. The tree can grow up to 10-15 meters in height and features thick, rough bark that is dark brown to reddish-brown in colour. The leaves are oval-shaped, leathery, and dark green, with a glossy surface. Cassia cinnamon produces small, yellow-white flowers that are inconspicuous. The spice is derived from the inner bark of the tree, which is harvested by stripping the bark from the branches and allowing it to dry, curl, and develop into characteristic cinnamon quills or sticks. Cassia cinnamon has a stronger, more pungent flavour compared to true cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum).

Cassia cinnamon has been valued for centuries for its culinary, medicinal, and aromatic properties. It is one of the most commonly used spices in the world and is renowned for its warm, spicy flavour and aroma. Cassia cinnamon is widely used in cooking, baking, and traditional herbal medicine. It is known for its potential health benefits, including blood sugar control, digestive support, and antioxidant activity. While similar in appearance to true cinnamon, cassia cinnamon has a different chemical composition and flavour profile, which distinguishes it from true cinnamon.

Cinnamon Sticks: Cassia cinnamon sticks or quills can be used whole or ground in cooking and baking to impart flavour and aroma to dishes. They are commonly used to flavour desserts, beverages, curries, stews, and marinades. Cinnamon sticks can also be steeped in hot water to make cinnamon tea or added to simmering potpourri for a fragrant aroma.
Cinnamon Powder: Cassia cinnamon powder is made by grinding dried cinnamon sticks into a fine powder. Cinnamon powder is a convenient form of the spice and can be added to a variety of dishes, including oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods. It can also be used as a seasoning for savoury dishes, such as soups, sauces, and meat rubs.
Cinnamon Extract: Cassia cinnamon extract is a concentrated liquid form of the spice, typically used for medicinal purposes or flavouring purposes. It can be added to beverages, desserts, or herbal remedies to enhance flavour and aroma. Cinnamon extract may also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement for convenience.

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