What is Cinnamon Sticks Cassia?
Cinnamon Sticks is obtained from the bark of the Chinese cinnamon tree Cinnamomum cassia. There are four different types of cinnamon on the market available:
- 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 cinnamon sticks taste 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 or typical Christmas biscuits like cinnamon stars with it.
Cassia cinnamon does not only spice sweet dishes but can also aromatize savory dishes. Indian cuisine uses it for meat and vegetable dishes. The Indian spice blend Garam Masala uses cinnamon and refines Indian curry dishes with it. It goes well with the following spices: cloves, allspice grains, nutmeg, vanilla, coriander, mace, star anise, Szechuan pepper, cardamom, ginger, fennel.
The Moroccan spice mixture Ras el Hanout also has cinnamon as an ingredient and prepares the famous couscous.
Cassia Cinnamon sticks is ideal for decorating or refining tea.
What distinguishes Cassia cinnamon sticks from Ceylon? How do you recognize them?
Cassia cinnamon sticks are darker than Ceylon cinnamon. They are also made of 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 concentration of coumarin. 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.