Cinnamomum zeylanicum

The ‘sweet wood’ of the world



    No matter how you may enjoy it, cinnamon is very common spice around the world and most people have enjoyed the sweet and pungent taste of cinnamon in some way. However, have you ever considered where this spice actually comes from? Cinnamon is derived from the bark of a tree scientifically known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, a small evergreen tree that grows in tropical habitats. It is different from other members of the genus Cinnamomum, in that Cinnamomum zeylanicum is known as “true cinnamon”. However, the kind bought and widely used throughout the United States comes from C. cassia tree. (There is more information about this here)

    Either way, this tree is a major source of income throughout the the region it grows in and provides stable jobs for the men and woman who cultivate the crop. Regardless of specific variety, the tree’s bark produces essential oils, used in many things ranging from perfumes to remedies for high blood pressure.

    Cinnamon is an ancient spice and is mentioned as early as the Old Testament and continues today to play an important role. This website was created not only provides information about this species, but also to includes its involvement in our past and everyday lives. Click here to learn more about cinnamon’s history and cultivation.

    This website explores this important species. To begin understanding this spice check out its classification and phylogenetic tree!

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Cinnamon is actually derived from the bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum trees. The bark is cut from the trunk and dried. It curls into the shape seen above naturally.