How to harvest ceylon cinnamon? Why is ceylon cinnamon more expensive?

How to harvest ceylon cinnamon? Why is ceylon cinnamon more expensive?

First of all, cinnamon quills are not picked of a tree, nor do they grow in the ground. Cinnamon is the bark of a tree and undergoes many steps until you have a healthy dry quill in your kitchen shelf.


There is a difference between ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon:

most people already know that there is a difference, but what is it exactly? It all starts with the harvesting process. Ceylon cinnamon branches are cut and processed into bark layers, whereas cassia cinnamon bark is only peeled of the big tree in the field, resulting in a hard, thick piece of bark.


How to harvest ceylon cinnamon step by step:


Early morning at 6 am the harvest starts, first the outer bark is scraped off
cinnamon harvest
After the inner bark is removed  (the actual cinnamon)
cinnamon harvest
Then pieces of cinnamon are layered and filled 
cinnamon harvest
So they end up looking a bit like a cigar when watching the diameter
cinnamon harvest
Every day these long quills are pressed tighter
And dried on strings under the roof 
cinnamon harvest, amuura, ceylon cinnamon
Packed for bulk sell

into 40-70kg rolls


Many farmers, don't take the peeling off of the outer bark serious, as it adds more weight to the cinnamon, but this outer bark is harmful to us humans if you consume it on a high level. As a result, we are the only cinnamon exporters which take care that our workers peel of, all the harmful outer bark and dry the cinnamon for long instead of using sulfur to speed the process.


Check out our YouTube video for more insights in the harvest process!

In this video we show you how the "real" true cinnamon of Sri Lanka is harvested and produced. Amuura is the only organic Ceylon cinnamon exporter who does not sulfur the cinnamon and makes sure that all the bitter tasting, coumarin containing greenish outer bark is completely peeled off. Also our cinnamon is growing in a permaculture garden.




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