Ceylon cinnamon sticks are made like cigars – fine layers dried and rolled together. It comes as a surprise to many, but cinnamon is made from the inner bark of a cinnamon tree. So the craft in the producing the spice doesn’t just come from successfully cultivating it, there is also skilled preparation, drying and grading to go through before the cinnamon sticks are ready for the market.
We found a great little documentary that takes you from harvesting the crop through to making cinnamon sticks.
How Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks Are Made
Grow Your Own Cinnamon
It sounds like a challenge, but growing your own cinnamon can be possible in a green house. Cinnamon’s leaves look beautiful too as the fade from green to riper pinks. We’ve also seen seedlings available for sale on eBay. The seedlings are sent straight from Sri Lanka and saves the most challenging part of growing a plant, germination.
Cinnamon is generally harvested from branches that are at least 2 years old… doesn’t sound too long at all for the patient among us.