Cinnamon is the inner bark from several tropical trees in the genus Cinnamomum, which is in the Laurel family. Cinnamomum verum, formerly C. zeylandicum, is the species we buy as fragile papery quills, which are the inner bark (phloem) of coppiced trees. Globally, the chunkier cassia or Chinese cinnamon (C. cassia) is more popular. This includes Britain where we usually encounter it as a powder, although rough cassia bark is readily found in ethnic supermarkets. Major producers include Indonesia and the tropical far south of China. The different species of cinnamon have slightly different flavour profiles.
Try this cinnamon candle holder activity to fill your home with a lovely festive scent this Christmas.