Selasa, 24 Agustus 2010
Cinnamomum zeylanicum is a native of Sri Lanka and south India. It is a moderately sized, evergreen tree up to 16 meters tall and 60 cm diameter at breast height. The dried inner bark of the partially matured shoot is the true cinnamon of commerce. Under cultivation, the shoots are coppiced every two years at ground level, which results in the formation of more dense bushes. The new shoots are first stripped with a special curved knife. The cleaned stems are then rubbed with brass rods to loosen the inner bark, which is then carefully removed from the stems by making two longitudinal slits on opposite sides. The inner bark curls naturally into quills which comprises numerous strips packed together and are finally dried in subtle sunlight.