Saigon Cinnamon

The Natural Choice of Fine Cooks Everywhere

Wake up your day with aromatic cinnamon.  This ancient spice was once used as a love potion and is a favorite aroma around the world.  Although there are several varieties of cinnamon, it is Saigon Cinnamon that is considered to be the most flavorful, with 1-5% essential oil in content and 25% cinnamaldehyde in essential oil, which is the highest of any cinnamon. 

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree while Cinnamon Oil comes from the pods.  The bark is harvested during the rainy season.  When it dries, the bark curls into long quills.  The quills are cut into sticks or ground into a powder.  The most popular varieties of cinnamon include Ceylon, which is lighter in color and mildly sweet and Cassia, which is dark, reddish brown with a pungent, bittersweet taste.  Cassia Cinnamon is generally what you will find on grocery store shelves.  Saigon Cinnamon, however, is coveted by good cooks and chefs everywhere for its sweet yet unique complex flavor. 

Grown and hand harvested in the same manner for over 500 years, Saigon Cinnamon comes from the cool wet forests of central and north Vietnam.  Unlike the curly bark of 'ordinary' cinnamon, the bark of the Saigon variety is flat and ragged.  It is also stronger and sweeter and incomparable in teas, baked goods, and savory dishes.  Once you try it, you'll never buy the ordinary cinnamon again!

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