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Cinnamon...Real or Fake
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Sep 2, 2013 13:00:54   #
Does anyone know how to tell if cinnamon is real or fake. I know a lot of it is fake, how do I tell if what I'm getting is real? Can anyone help me?
Sep 2, 2013 13:07:06   #
knitwit549 (a regular here)
kobikaci wrote:
Does anyone know how to tell if cinnamon is real or fake. I know a lot of it is fake, how do I tell if what I'm getting is real? Can anyone help me?

I just did a google search, if it is labeled "Ceylon" cinnamon it is the real McCoy.
Sep 2, 2013 13:08:30   #
Sine (a regular here)
I never knew this was an issue until just now. So I did a little internet research.

Cinnamon that is really being sold and used in America is a close cousin of the true deal.

Check the label on your cinnamon. If it says Cinnamomum cassia, just cinnamon (with no explanation), or has a country of origin anywhere other than Sri Lanka, your cinnamon is not real.

Real cinnamon is called Ceylon Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum or cinnamomum verum). It is native to Sri Lanka.
Sep 2, 2013 13:10:18   #
So if it isn't real cinnamon what is it?
Sep 2, 2013 14:05:32   #
knitwit549 (a regular here)
Hurricane wrote:
So if it isn't real cinnamon what is it?

Please don't be offended, but it was referred to bastard cinnamon. I personally think it is a very close relative.
Sep 2, 2013 14:13:42   #
It all tastes the same, right? I do remember a few years ago that cinnamon went up in price, in fact, it got very expensive!! Is that why, because it was from Sri Lanka?
Sep 2, 2013 14:17:28   #
bakrmom (a regular here)
This will explain the difference. It is just a different variety.
Sep 2, 2013 14:25:50   #
Only real cinnamon has the true health benefits
Sep 2, 2013 15:12:00   #
bakrmom wrote:
This will explain the difference. It is just a different variety.

Very helpful, thank you
Sep 2, 2013 23:12:32   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
I have a local spice place that is easier to get to besides Good Earth:

The second link is a better explanation "for me" because I knew about Penzey's before reading this link. I thought that the US members would enjoy the access to Penzey's as they have most state addresses listed in the contact information online.
Sep 3, 2013 06:12:34   #
bettyirene (a regular here)
I was watching something on TV about "real" cinnamon - just last week...never knew there was imitation cinnamon - but there apparently is...the guy on the TV said buy REAL cinnamon - or don't buy any.
Sep 3, 2013 09:57:40   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
It all depends on what you are used to...if nothing else - try combining the different types to see what tastes better. They do it for coffee, cocoa, wines, flour, the list MAY be endless.

All to get that smell, taste, sight that appeals to either one person or a group of people.
Sep 3, 2013 11:30:05   #
Penzey's is the best. Have dealt with them since their only store was in Milwaukee. Their explanations will tell you a lot about cinnamon. The different varieties have different flavors. Korintje is the strong one used in those Cinnabon rolls you find in the mall. I much prefer Ceylon's complex, fruity flavor. I use Vietnamese when I want a strong flavor.
Sep 3, 2013 13:43:06   #
Titletown Gal
Penzy's also has a store in Appleton.

I have placed my orders through the mail and am quite satisfied with their service and products.
Sep 3, 2013 16:03:14   #
Ask4j (a regular here)
kobikaci wrote:
Only real cinnamon has the true health benefits

Let's not get caught up with mine is real and yours is fake--then slap a humongous price on the "real" stuff. The site posted really tells it all--just as coffee berries come from many different sources, varieties and growing processes--doesn't make one "real" and all others "fake".

The MLM company Sunrider makes these kinds of claims which leads me to think of them as scammers and I stay away from this kind of marketing.

Here's the post again by bakrmom that explains the differences quite well, thanks for posting:
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