Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several Sassafras Cinnamon Trees and is used in both sweet and savory foods. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be “true cinnamon”, most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as “cassia”.
In several European languages, the word for cinnamon comes from the Latin word Cannella, a diminutive of canna, “tube”, from the way it curls up as it dries. Cassia literally ‘the peel of the plant’ which is scraped off the Cinnamon tree. (more…)