The Spice Trade

Industry insider knowledge, and usage tips on spices and other ingredients

Cassia: A real spice or a fake cinnamon

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Cassia is one of those spices that has suffered a particularly bad bout of publicity: commonly denounced as the “fake Cinnamon” or as an inferior spice, Cassia is rather misunderstood. Cassia is the bark of the cassia tree – a tree indigenous to China, which carries crop with flavour characteristics close to Cinnamon. Part of the problem may lie in the fact that it’s produced by China, a producer that the public has a general level of wariness towards. But China has been producing delicious spices, food and other ingredients for millennia. The real heart of the problem is it’s … keep reading