Healthy Food Database
Cassia (Dutch or Saigon cinnamon) is the dried bark of a tree in the laurel family, as is cinnamon. Cinnamon and cassia are closely related, but cassia is stronger and less delicate in flavour, with a hot edge. Cassia is mentioned in the bible and has been in use for centuries. Cassia was transported to Egypt and Israel and it was an important part of the mummification mixtures used for the pharaohs.
Buy small packets of whole or ground bark from specialist spice stores or Indian grocery suppliers.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry
Tips & Tricks:
Cassia is a cheaper, less refined version of cinnamon. It works well used to flavour mulled wine or stewed fruit in wine. While it has a more immediate fragrance than cinnamon, it can introduce an element of heat if too much is used. A good trick is to mix 50/50 with true cinnamon for use in cakes, desserts and biscuits.
Add small pieces of the bark to Morroccan stews and other meat casseroles.
Nutrition per 1 Cup:
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