Are you eating “true” cinnamon?

When you buy some cinnamon at the Supermarket, what you usually buy is a completely different plant called Cinnamomum Cassia, also known as Chinese cinnamon. “True cinnamon” or “real cinnamon” is actually Ceylon cinnamon called Cinnamomum verum from Sri Lanka, which is, unfortunately, less known to most people. Even though these two species share some characteristics their contents differ a lot.

So how do you know which one is real?

Chinese cinnamon is very cheap. You can get few sticks for less than a dollar; real cinnamon is tan brown and Chinese cinnamon is reddish dark brown; Ceylon cinnamon is fragile …read more


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