Cinnamon is one of the more popular spices in the United States and Europe. It was one of the first traded spices since 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Furthermore, cinnamon is harvested from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum Verum (evergreen) tree. Also, this evergreen tree is native to Sri Lanka. And the name “Ceylon” for cinnamon is derived from Sri Lanka’s former name (Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon). In addition, Ceylon cinnamon is available in quills, quillings, and cinnamon powder form. Also, we can use cinnamon essential oil and supplements. You may notice that there are two types of labels for cinnamon in the United States. Most of the sellers label cassia as cinnamon (75% of Cinnamon in the United States is Cassia) Don’t confuse cassia with true cinnamon. But you can buy it at a very cheap price compared to Ceylon Cinnamon in the US market.
True cinnamon has golden-brown in color and contains many tight sticks with soft layers rather than a single coiled strip of bark.
Compared with cassia and other varieties, Ceylon Cinnamon has a milder flavor profile and a sweeter, spicy taste.
As one of favorite household spices, we use cinnamon, especially in medicinal applications, sweet baked goods (Cinnamon rolls), flavored beverages, sprinkled on lattes, desserts, and savory curries.
You should know these Cinnamon Phrases and Expressions
Understand and speak the Cinnamon grades. You should have knowledge of the following words:
|Quills||Synonym for “cinnamon sticks” The number of cinnamon quills per kilogram.|
|Cut quills||The term “cut quills” refers to cinnamon sticks that have been cut. cut into 5-inch, 7 inch, or full bales.|
|Quillings||Quillings may contain featherings and chips|
|Feathering||Feathering may contain up to 10% by mass of chips|
|Chips||Chips shall be made from well-dried, hand-picked, clean, unpeeled cinnamon bark|
Therefore, you may notice the above words in cinnamon markets when you are buying cinnamon or selling it. In addition, we identify the following standard cinnamon grades in the market: Most importantly, the grades differ from the diameter size of cinnamon:
Further, the ALBA is the top seller of cinnamon in the US.
Cinnamon packaging and storing
The cinnamon storage warehouse should be a cool, dark, and dry place in a sealed package. And, we carefully watch the warehouse ventilation and proof against the entry of insects.
FULL BALE PACK: (42-inch cinnamon sticks) full-bale cinnamon pack uncut long sticks (quills) are packed with an inner poly liner and wrapped in Jute Hessian cylindric bales. Therefore, the weight varies depending on customer requirements (25Kg–45Kg).
Quillings: Broken pieces of varying sizes of all grades of cinnamon quills are packed in poly bags or jute bags of each 25 kg to 50 kg as per the customer’s requirement.
Cinnamon cuts: usually packed in rubber-banded bundles or 1 kg packaging in corrugated cartons. 20 kilos, 25 kilos, and up to 40 kilos per carton. And, you can request cut sizes; for example, 5 inches, 7 inches, 12 inches of cinnamon cut, etc.
Private label packaging: Cinnamon under your own brand name. Therefore, you can request cinnamon packaging according to your requirements. It can be a cinnamon box, a cinnamon pouch, a tin, a can, or a cinnamon bag.
Top 05 Things To Look For When Buying Cinnamon
|Color||Pale brown (golden brown) to slightly reddish color|
Ground cinnamon has a strong aroma and is yellowish to reddish-brown in color.
|Aroma||fresh aroma characteristic|
|Flavor||Ceylon cinnamon has a delicate and sweet flavor that distinguishes it from other cinnamons.|
|Moisture||Not more than 15% for quills and 12% for other grades|
|Volatile Oil||A minimum of 1% for quills and 0.7% for other grades on a dry basis.|
Organic Cinnamon vs. Conventional Cinnamon
Organic cinnamon is free of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. And, our Cinnamon estates are also certified by the USDA, EU, and JAS. Therefore, you get a transaction certificate for each cinnamon order to ensure organic production.
In addition, for all conventional cinnamon, we use sulfur treatment, and it enhances the color profile of the cinnamon stick. And, when it comes to organic cinnamon, the supplier should not use sulfur treatment. As a result, the cinnamon sticks get a little dark in color.
However, whether you buy organic cinnamon or conventional cinnamon, there is no taste, aroma, or flavor difference between them.
In addition, we ensure fair trade agriculture practices by offering fair trade certified cinnamon. Also, working under the Fairtrade International plantation management system, we were able to improve the medical, housing, and educational facilities of the worker communities.