There are two main types of cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is native to Southeast Asia, especially southern China and northern Vietnam, and has the strong, spicy-sweet flavor most Americans are familiar with. Vietnamese and China cinnamon are the sweetest and strongest varieties, with Korintje cinnamon having a smooth flavor with less bite. Our cinnamon sticks and Korintje cinnamon both come from the southwest coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. It grows wild on the governmentprotected slopes of Mount Kerinci, where the cinnamon gets its name. We stock the top Korintje A grade, although there are also the lower B and C grades, which are the types of cinnamon usually sold in supermarkets in the U.S. Our very sweet and strong Vietnamese cinnamon comes from the remote north and west regions of Vietnam. The strength of the flavor of spices depends upon the essential oil content— the higher the level, the stronger the flavor. When orders for cinnamon come in, the large sticks are cracked into slightly smaller pieces and packed into burlap bags for shipment.
The second type of cinnamon, Ceylon, or "true" cinnamon, has a much different flavor. It is less sweet, with a more complex, citrus flavor. The special flavor of English and Mexican sweets comes from Ceylon cinnamon. We like to recommend Ceylon Cinnamon for baking with fruit—especially in apple pie.
|Korintje Indonesia Cinnamon sweet and mellow, this is the cinnamon we all remember from our childhood|
|Cinnamon Sticks traditionally used as a tasty stirring stick for hot drinks|
|Ceylon Softstick Cinnamon nice for steeping, not stirring, hot drinks or as an addition to cream sauces|
|Cinnamon Chunks a blend of 1/4"-1/2" Chinese and Korintje cassia chunks|
|China Tung Hing Cinnamon our best seller, it is strong and spicier than Korintje, with a potent, sweet flavor|
|Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cinnamon the highest quality, strongest cinnamon available in America today|
|Ceylon Cinnamon complex and fragrant, with a citrus overtone and rich buff color|
|Cinnamon Sugar the perfect sprinkle for toast, coffee, hot cereal and fresh fruit|
|Penzeys Cinnamon a perfect blend of each of our four ground cinnamons.|