Many of you probably had no idea that cinnamon is actually made from the bark of a tree! The cinnamon stick is used as one of the famous spices in many foods in many countries (as an aromatic condiment). This spice is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. In this article, you will see what does a cinnamon tree looks like and we will show how the harvesting process works. This will probably be interesting for you.

Cinnamon, a Fragrant Tree!

Cinnamon Plant

Cinnamon is obtained from a plant species called Cinnamomum. Cinnamomum plant is a genus of evergreen aromatic trees and shrubs belonging to the laurel family, Lauraceae. They grow mainly in warm temperate and tropical regions, especially Southeast Asia and South America. Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).

The cinnamon tree is really aromatic (has a delicately fragrant aroma and a warm sweet flavor), the leaves, flowers, and bark are fragrant thanks to the oil in them.

What Does a Cinnamon Tree Look Like?

Cinnamon Tree
Three views of a cinnamon tree

What does a cinnamon tree look like? If we want to describe it, we must say that it is an ordinary tree and has no hallmark. But after the harvesting process, the trunks of the cinnamon trees become bare! You can see it well in the image below.

Cinnamon Plant Image

Cinnamon Plant
Cinnamon Plant Image

In the image above, you can see a cinnamon tree. As you see cinnamon plant foliage is generally a glossy green to yellow-green, and they produce small pink flowers.

Cinnamon Tree Leaves

The main feature of this plant is its leaves. There are three lines on the leaves of the cinnamon tree that distinguish it. In other words, each leaf is divided into 4 parts by these lines.

Cinnamon Leaves
Cinnamon tree leaves

Cinnamon Sticks & Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon is usually available as a fragrant spice in the form of brown powder. This brown powder is actually the dried bark of the cinnamon tree, which is completely powdered.

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Dried bark strips of this plant are also available, which is sometimes called “cinnamon stick”.

cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Harvesting Process

It might be interesting to see how the cinnamon harvesting process works.
Reference image: Instagram @tripper_nature

The first step to harvesting is to peel off the lower outer layer of bark on the tree. After about a month, the rest of the bark will be dried and pulled away from the main trunk to allow for easier harvesting.

cinnamon harvesting process
Cinnamon harvesting process

The tree is then cut down and its bark is extracted.

cinnamon harvesting process (3)

In the next step, the outer layer of the tree bark is shaved and separated with a special tool (image below).

cinnamon harvesting process

Finally, they are placed in a suitable place to dry completely.

cinnamon harvesting process (2)

See How to Grow Cinnamon to learn how to grow cinnamon.

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