Real World Gardener Cinnamon Vs Cassia part 1 in Spice It Up

November 29th, 2019


  • Cinnamon and Cassia part 1

Most if not all, cooks or chefs would’ve used cinnamon in their cooking at some time or other.

However, most likely the powdered form was used mainly.

What about the cinnamon sticks? 


Cinnamomum zeylanicum


Is that where the powdered from comes from? 


If it's the bark of a tree, how does cinnamon get harvested?

Who rolls those sticks, is it by machine or by hand?

Let’s find out.

I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from

  • There are two types of cinnamon, Sri  Lankan cinnamon or Cinnamomum zeylanicum, (pictured) and Cinnamomum cassia or just 'cassia."
  • They come from different trees and are grown in different countries.Cassia cinnamon is grown in China,  Japan and Vietnam.
  • Can you imagine all those cinnamon sticks that are from Sri Lanka, are all hand rolled by ‘cinnamon rollers.’

You will know be able to tell the difference between cinnamon and cassia.

  • The cinnamon scrolls have more rolls than cassia, and the cassia powder has quite a strong almost bitey flavour compared to the sweeter milder flavor or real cinnamon, if you test the powder on your tongue. 

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