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Cinnamon and Cassia 

 Not many people realise that there are actually two types of Cinnamon:
  • True Cinnamon is from a species called Cinnamomum verum that originated from Ceylon and is now cultivated in many tropical regions. It has a sweet, familiar cinnamon taste and can be used for all cinnamon-purposes, including cakes, sweets and mulled wine as well as curries and stir-fries.
  • Cassia is from a species known as Cinnamomum aromaticum, and is often known as Chinese Cinnamon. It has a deeper, stronger taste than true cinnamon and is more suited to curries and stir-fries than cakes or mulled wine. Nonetheless, many people use cassia instead of cinnamon.
Both types of cinnamon are perfectly good, but as described above, are suitable for different purposes.

These are available Ground and in Sticks.

On all of our products, we will explain which is true cinnamon, and which is cassia.


Cinnamon & Cassia (Ground)

Ground cinnamon powder & ground cassia powder.
Both types are quite similar in flavour, but cassia powder is stronger. We supply both types at Healthy Supplies.

  • Cinnamon powder is suited to cakes, sweets & drinks.
  • Cassia powder is suited to stir-fries and curries.
  • We supply both at Healthy Supplies.

    Cinnamon Powder, Organic 100g (Sussex Wholefoods)

    Our top-of-the-range cinnamon powder!
    Price: 4.99  
    (or buy 3 or more for 4.74 each)
    Organically grown cinnamomium verum from Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

    Hampshire Foods Cinnamon Powder 50g

    Price: 1.49  
    (or buy 3 or more for 1.42 each)
    This is the "cinnamon" form of cinnamon, which is the sweeter form suited to cakes, sweets and mulled wine.

    Cassia Bark ("Cinnamon Bark")

    Savoury sticks of "Cinnamon Bark", actually called Cassia Bark. This is the type of cinnamon that is usually used in curries...
    Cassia Bark are the big sticks of bark. Typically, one would either insert a stick whole into the cooking-pot or pan in order to flavour curries, rice or stir-fries. Alternatively, cassia sticks can be ground up. They have a very strong, deep taste and are an essential part of many spice blends, including garam masala.

    Cassia Bark Chips, Organic 50g (Sussex Wholefoods)

    Price: 1.99  
    (or buy 3 or more for 1.89 each)
    Shorter pieces of organically grown cassia bark. Ready to add to rice, curries and stews.

    Cassia Cinnamon Bark 100g (Hampshire Foods)

    Price: 1.49  
    (or buy 3 or more for 1.42 each)
    Large pieces of Cassia Bark ready. Snap into smaller fragments and add to Basmati rice. Can also be used in place of the finer Ceylon Cinnamon when making mulled drinks.

    TRS Cassia Sticks or Cinnamon Bark (Savoury) 50g

    Price: 0.75  
    (or buy 3 or more for 0.71 each)
    Break into curries, slow cooked meat dishes & stir fries.

    TRS Cassia Sticks or Cinnamon Bark (Savoury) 400g

    Price: 4.55  
    (or buy 3 or more for 4.32 each)
    Break into curries, slow cooked meat dishes & stir fries.

    Cinnamon (Quills)

    Sweet, thin True Cinnamon quills. This is a sweeter cinnamon for desserts and mulled wine...
    Cinnamon sticks, or quills, are the delicate sticks that one might add (broken in half) into a pot of mulled wine to impart flavour as well as a decoration. The bark is thinner than cassia. This is regarded as "true" cinnamon and has a subtler, sweeter flavour than the cassia variety.

    Cinnamon Quills (6 inch) 50g (Hampshire Foods)

    Price: 2.29  
    (or buy 3 or more for 2.18 each)
    True Cinnamon quills... ideal for desserts or mulled wine...

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    All Cinnamon Sticks

    Our full range of cinnamon/cassia sticks, showing the difference between the "True Cinnamon Sticks" and the "Cassia".

    Cassia

    Cassia powder and sticks for curries, stir fries and Middle-Eastern foods.

    More interesting facts about Cinnamon

    True Cinnamon and Cassia

    True cinnamon comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Its formal names are Cinnamomum verum ("true cinnamon") and Cinnamomum zeylanicum ("cinnamon from Ceylon"). However, there are different sub-species of this tree, and there are also several different species of "wild cinnamon" which are slightly different, though not as commonly used as true cinnamon.

    Cassia is probably more commonly used than true cinnamon in most parts of the world, and has a similar taste. Cassia bark sticks are usually from the species Cinnamomum aromaticum, and are the flat, barky sticks as opposed to the delicate quills of true cinnamon. Both types are available from Healthy Supplies.

    Most Indian and Chinese cooking uses cassia, but for European dishes, the subtler flavours of true cinnamon are usually preferred.

    The flavours and essential oils of Cinnamon

    Cinnamon and Cassia both have the same essential flavour. This flavour is due to the complex mix of essential oils in the plant. These essential oils are often extracted and used as essence of cinnamon, which is taken for its medicinal properties. The chief component of this oil is known as cinnemaldehyde, and has powerful antimicrobial properties.

    In fact, as well as being a spice, cinnamon is highly valued for its nutritional qualities. Its regular use is believed to be good for the digestion, circulation and immune system, and the phenols contained within cinnamon have antioxidant properties. Cinnamon and cassia have been the subject of research regarding blood sugar control, and as such have become popular additions to many supplements.

    Being related species, both cinnamon and cassia have similar types of essential oils - neither is "better" than the other, but of course they vary in terms of depth and intensity.


    Out-of-stock items...

    The following items are temporarily unavailable, but due back in stock soon!

    TRS Cinnamon (Cassia) Powder 100g

    This product is currently unavailable, but you can try
    Hampshire Foods Cinnamon Powder 50g
    instead

    We believe that this is the "cassia" form of cinnamon, which is best suited to curries and stir-fries. It has a deep, strong taste and originates from China.

    Cinnamon Quills from Ceylon 100g (Ceylona Limited)

    This product is currently unavailable.
    Bumper pack!... At least 30 sticks of premium true cinnamon in one pack.

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