Cinnamon is said to be a medium to light reddish brown which is hard and has woody texture and is thicker because all the layers of the bark are used. Ceylon cinnamon has only thin inner bark and is lighter brown color, is finer and less dense and has more crumbly texture. It is considered to be subtler and has more aromatic flavor than cassia but looses much of its flavor during cooking. Cassia is said to be a strong, spicy flavor which is associated with the cinnamon rolls and also other baked goods. The levels of blood-thinning agent called coumarin is said to be lower in Celyon Cinnamon than cassia.
The “True Cinnamon” or Sri Lankan Cinnamon is the dried inner stem bark of Cinnamomum Verum. Cinnamon plants are grown as bushes. When the plants are of two years age, they typically measure at about 2 meter in high and 8-12 cm at the base. It is at this stage they are ready for harvesting.