Cinnamon is the dried bark of various laurel trees in the cinnamomun family. One of the more common trees from which cinnamon is derived is the cassia, however true cinnamon РCinnamomum verum or cinnamomum zeylancium is native to Sri Lanka.

Cassia, which is the “cinnamon” you will primarily find in the United States¬†contains a compound called coumarin which can be toxic if consumed in high quantities.

Cinnamon has a sweet, woody fragrance in both ground and stick forms that enhances the taste of almost any food ranging from fruits to meats.

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Selecting and Storing Cinnamon

Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

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