Cinnamon vs. Cassia

Here is one source

Taste:

Real or True Cinnamon is sweet and delicate where as Cinnamon Cassia is strong to peppery

Color: Real Cinnamon is a tan color, whereas Cinnamon Cassia is a reddish brown to dark brown. Look: Cinnamon Cassia bark is thicker because its outer layer isn’t stripped off. For that reason, Cassia sticks curl inward from both sides toward the center as they dry. Real Cinnamon sticks curl from one side only and roll up like a newspaper as shown above. Feel: The surface of Cinnamon Cassia is rough and uneven, whereas Real Ceylon Cinnamon bark is smooth.

Usage:

Real Ceylon Cinnamon is perfect in sweet and subtle dishes that require a delicate flavor.

It is important to own some of both.  What they call cinnamon I call Mexican cinnamon (though it is imported from Sri Lanka) and what they call cassia is usually called cinnamon or Asian cinnamon.  Sichuan recipes often call for cassia, but then "ordinary cinnamon" will do, you don't want Mexican (Sri Lankan) cinnamon.

I found this statement useful:

First picture [at the above link] shows the soft Real Ceylon Cinnamon sticks. These sticks are very soft and one can see the bristles. Second picture shows the hard Cassia sticks that are reddish brown in color and have single CURL that closes inward. One can easily grind the Ceylon Cinnamon in an electric grinder. You may burn the grinder if tried on Cassia !.

Comments

Suddenly I want to try cassia (aka "cinnamon sticks") in a Blendtec blender.

This is like that age-old problem of whether yams have more vitamin A than sweet potatoes. If you use the formal definitions, yams, being white tubers of an African plant, have very little vitamin A, while sweet potatoes have much more. However, in American vernacular, yams are golden sweet potatoes and sweet potatoes are white sweet potatoes. In this case, yams have much more vitamin A than sweet potatoes. So the answer is both.

So remember, cinnamon is cassia; oranges are berries, but strawberries and blackberries are not; English vowels are not long or short, but tense or lax; and yams are not yams.

You can chew the real cinnamon; try that with the hard cassia.

yikes. these people have quite the agenda. like they can't quite keep their upper lips from curling with disdain. when did "Chinese" become a synonym for "inferior"? also, "bastard cinnamon tree". priceless.

"It is important to own some of both."

I feel this way about most things.

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