What is Cassia cinnamon?
Cassia cinnamon is obtained from the bark of the Chinese cinnamon tree Cinnamomum cassia. There are four different types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon cinnamon: Cinnamomum zeylanicum (also c.verum)
- Chinese cinnamon the cassia: Cinnamomum cassia (also c.aromaticum)
- Indian Cinnamon: Cinnamomum burmanii
- Vietnamese cinnamon: Cinnamomum loureiroi
All cinnamon trees belong to the laurel family and are evergreen trees that can grow up to 15 meters high. They grow in the tropical climate among others in Sri Lanka, China or Vietnam.
How do Cassia taste cinnamon sticks and what can you use it for?
It has an intense warm-woody and sweet-spicy aroma. It goes well with all desserts like apples, pears or apricots. You can bake apple strudel and typical Christmas biscuits like cinnamon stars with it.
Cassia cinnamon not only spices sweet dishes, but can also be used in many country kitchens for savory dishes. Indian cuisine uses it for meat and vegetable dishes. The Indian spice blend Garam Masala is also made with cinnamon and refined Indian curry dishes.
The Moroccan spice mixture Raz el Hanout also has cinnamon as an ingredient and prepares the famous couscous.
Cinnamon sticks Cassia are ideal for decorating or refining tea.
What distinguishes Cassia cinnamon sticks? How do you recognize them?
Cassia cinnamon sticks are darker than Ceylon cinnamon. They are also made from just one piece of bark. They smell more intense than Ceylon cinnamon and are also sharper in flavor. Cassia cinnamon is more aromatic than Ceylon cinnamon due to its higher coumarin content. Coumarin is a natural phytochemical but is harmful to the liver in large quantities.
Here in Germany it is considered inferior, where it is equivalent to Ceylon cinnamon in America.
Cassia cinnamon is cheaper than Sri Lanka cinnamon and is therefore preferred in the food industry.
Spices should be placed in an airtight container and kept away from sunlight. Please always store in a cool and dry place.
Cassia cinnamon is much more intense than Ceylon cinnamon and should therefore be used sparingly. You can cook them whole or grind them in advance. We also offer it ground.