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Syn: Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume, Cinnamomum aromaticum J. Graham, Cinnamomum leptopus A. C. Sm., Cinnamomum zeylanicum Breyn.

Family: Lauraceae

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Description: A small evergreen tree has oval-shaped leaves that are leathery and shiny. The leaves are arranged alternately on the branches. And the tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are greenish in color. The tree has a relatively small trunk with smooth bark that has a light brown color. As the tree ages, the bark becomes thicker and develops characteristic vertical wrinkles. The inner bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree, a delicate, light brown color with a sweet and mild flavor, is the most sought-after part for its production. Ceylon cinnamon, known for its sweet and subtle flavor, is a popular spice in culinary, medicinal, and fragrance industries, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a valuable ingredient.

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Substitution: Cassia cinnamon – It has a more delicate flavor and a lighter color. Also, it’s another common variety, has a stronger, spicier taste and is more widely produced in other parts of Asia.

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum

Ecology: Cinnamon verum’s ecology is linked to its native Sri Lankan habitat and tropical cultivation. It thrives in warm, humid conditions with well-drained soil, contributing to local biodiversity. Cultivation practices involve careful soil management and sustainable agricultural practices, making it a valuable resource for agroforestry and sustainable farming.

Cinnamomum verum

General Description: Cinnamomum verum, also known as Ceylon cinnamon, is primarily found in Sri Lanka’s tropical environment but is also cultivated in India, Madagascar, and the Seychelles.

Cinnamomum verum

Author of text and photos: Chanduni Bootawatta.

Photographed in Kuruwita/Dampe, Sri Lanka on 07/01/2024.

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