VanillaPura is pleased to introduce our first Cassia Cinnamon, as requested by many of our customers for use in extract-making. Due to the dry, brittle nature of this and other spices, they are sealed in pouches but often not vacuum sealed, as the sharp edges of the spice can puncture a vacuumed pouch.
Cinnamomum aromaticum (Saigon)
||Most common cinnamon. Bold, spicy cinnamon smell
||Spicy pronounced traditional cinnamon
||3-9 sticks/oz. Each stick is 3-5 inches long on average.
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Cassia (Saigon) cinnamon is one of the world's most widely-used spices. This is the original cinnamon tree bark, dating as far back as 216 BCE and found to provide sweetness in cooking, aromatic benefits with incense, oils and fragrance enhancers. This is the world's most popular and widely used cinnamon, originating in China but cultivated today in many regions around the world, including the region of this beautiful cinnamon stick: Vietnam. The rich, tropical soils of Vietnam capture a spicy, bold lovely cinnamon taste and aroma that you will find familiar, as this is the most popular cinnamon used by culinary professionals everywhere.
We named this sweet spice after the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. A place where fresh, local cuisine is as much a part of the culture as the people that farm there.
When you open a pouch of Cassia Cinnamon sticks, you will notice that the aroma is a familiar and spicy cinnamon scent, but not overpowering, as the natural drying process of the quells locks the sweetness inside. As you visually observe the cinnamon stick, you will see that it is hollow and that the individual quells are quite thick and can be difficult to break.
When you break or grind the quells, the wonderful cinnamon aroma is released. It's a bold, traditional and pronounced spicy cinnamon aroma. Dropping the cinnamon stick into an alcohol base for at-home extract-making also releases the beautiful, natural aroma. You will immediately notice that familiar cinnamon scent and, within just a few weeks, that beautiful and spicy cinnamon taste.
While Cassia Cinnamon is esteemed greatly for its spicy cinnamon extract taste, it is also used in hot teas, holiday wassails, coffee, hot chocolate and horchatas among many others. It is also ground for its powder that is sprinkled on top of frostings, pies, drinks and other desserts.