Frontier Co-op Organic Vietnamese Cinnamon Sticks have the distinctly sweet flavor and a high volatile oil content of Vietnamese cinnamon. The sticks are flavorful and fun in mulled drinks and teas — each cup with its own cinnamon swirler. You can also combine them with allspice, cloves and ginger to make your own mulling spice. This prized cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) was absent from the international market for more than 20 years due to the Vietnam War.
Cinnamon falls into one of two primary categories: Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. There are numerous similarities between the two. Both are harvested from the bark of a tree into a form that curls, known as sticks.
Korintje cinnamon is the basic spice that most people use. Vietnamese cinnamon is also cassia and is much stronger flavor and taste. Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, is more expensive and a harder to find type of cinnamon. Ceylon has a lighter, sweeter flavor and is the preferred type of cinnamon in Europe and Mexico. People using cinnamon for medicinal purposes should use Ceylon as the cassia type is hard on the body and has less of the medicinal qualities.