The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon. Mulled wine, apple cider, eggnog, sweet potato casserole, and spiced cookies and cakes are some of the best foods to eat this season!
Did you know that there are actually different types of cinnamon that you can buy and only one of them is true cinnamon??
Other varieties are called Cassia and the most common one is grown in China. It has a spicy flavour and an intense aroma. This is the one you will most likely find in your grocery store and is less expensive than Ceylon.
Ceylon Cinnamon is mostly grown in Sri Lanka but also is found in India, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean, this the true cinnamon. It has a mild and sweet flavour and a complex aroma. It is a highly valued culinary and medicinal spice and its price can be up to 10 times more than the Cassia cinnamon.
You can tell them apart by their colour and thickness. Ceylon is a light brown and is fragile. Cassia is a deep red/brown and is much thicker.
The Epicurious Hedgehog uses Tanzanian grown Ceylon cinnamon to make our natural cinnamon extract because we believe in only using the best products possible!
We hope the Epicurious Hedgehog will be joining you in the kitchen this holiday season!