Unmasking the “True” identity of Cinnamon


There is nothing that gets the Holidays started like the warm spicy smell of cinnamon. The Pumpkin Lattes, Gingerbread cookies and let’s not forget Eggnog or Coquito (in my case!) make our taste buds dance the merengue. We love to trim our homes with Holiday decorations that smell of cinnamon to really put us in the mood. Well, I hate to break the news to you but the latter is probably the only way you want to use cinnamon.


When I became immersed in the world of spices, I learned that there are different variants of cinnamon, that vary in intensity and flavors; Ceylon Cinnamon, Indonesian Cinnamon, Saigon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. Just like any other spice, it has its origins. To my surprise, but not really, there is a fake cinnamon and a “True” cinnamon. Guess which one is the sold primarily in markets? You guessed it! The cinnamon that we usually buy in the markets, the one we have grown to love and admire is a fake cinnamon. The fake cinnamon is known as Cassia Cinnamon and comes from a cassia tree that mimics the same scent as cinnamon but stronger. Because if its strong scent, it easy to convince consumers to buy the product.

Ceylon Cinnamon is primarily processed in Sri Lanka. It comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum, whereas, sort bought cinnamon come from the bark of the Cassia tree Cassia cinnamon contains large amounts of couramin, which is a naturally-occurring substance that may cause liver damage, whereas, Ceylon cinnamon contains low levels, which make it more beneficial to consume.

Additionally, most manufacturing companies add flour to the cassia cinnamon to prevent it from caking. This causes it to lose its nutritional value. That’s why we let out customers know that our spices blends may clump. We take pride in giving you the freshest quality with no preservatives. Our newest spice blend puts Ceylon Cinnamon at the center stage along with other supporting flavors like ginger, and cardamom.


Try this easy Coquito recipe to entertain your guest during the Holidays!


Cocquito (makes 4 servings)

2 cans Coconut Cream

1 can Evaporated milk

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Tbs Vanilla Extract

2 Tbs Diana’s Spice Cantina Ceylon Cinnamon Spice Blend

1 Cup Rum


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