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Cassia vs Cinnamon

What is Cassia? Cassia is a close relative to Cinnamon, the two are often mistaken for the same herb, however, they are different and are harvested from different, yet similar, trees. I will note that when referring to “Cinnamon” in this article I mean “Ceylon” or “True” Cinnamon. In the US, and many other countries, it is actually legal to label cassia as cinnamon even though they are separate spices because of their similarities in color, taste and physical appearance. Both are harvested from a separate type of Evergreen and can be distinguished in stores by the shape of the quills (sticks). The cassia herb is the bark of the tree, and its quills when dried tend to have two...

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