Cinnamon is a spice made of the dried bark of the True cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon. It’s a small evergreen tree which originates from Sri Lanka.
The bark is often ground to a powder. This is used in baking, for example in cookies and cakes.
Sri Lanka cinnamon
Cannelier de Ceylan
Basic information and facts
Sri Lanka is the most important producer. It is also grown in Seychelles, Madagascar and some other countries.
Evergreen or deciduous:
The trees can be 10 to 15 meters tall.
The leaves are ovate-oblong in shape and can be 7 to 18 cm long.
The inner bark of branches is used to make cinnamon.
Climate and weather:
It’s a 10 to 15 meters tall tree.
The dried bark is used as a spice. It is often ground to a powder. This is used in baking, for example in cookies and cakes.
Proverbs and Quotes
- Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French; Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good. (Alice May Brock)
- Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices (Song of Solomon, Bible)
Did you know that?
The dried bark of three related species of plants is also used as a spice. These are: Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), Vietnamese cinnamon (C. loureiroi), and Indonesian cinnamon (C. burmannii)