Warm, spiced leaves from the true cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum), sourced from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Cinnamon tree leaves have traditionally been a byproduct of the cinnamon harvest. Since they contain the delicate essence of the cinnamon, we thought to put them to use. Use as a slightly sweeter, more interesting alternative to traditional bay laurel leaves. They also make a beautiful cinnamon tea: just infuse a few leaves in a teapot with hot water.
Burlap & Barrel is the sole importer of Zanzibar spices to the US. Like all of the spices from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, our cinnamon is grown organically.
- Steep in boiling water for a cinnamon tea
- Use as a bay leaf replacement in chilis and stews
- Add a few leaves to your next pot of rice
Cinnamon tree leaves have traditionally been a byproduct of the cinnamon harvest. Since they contain the delicate essence of the cinnamon, we thought to put them to use.
Our cinnamon tree leaves come from the evergreen tree of the genus Cinnamomum aka Ceylon cinnamon. Our cinnamon tree leaves are grown by a cooperative of smallholder farmers on the Zanzibar islands off the east coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, many of whom have been cultivating cinnamon and other spices (including our cloves, nutmeg and black pepper) for generations. They grow on the steep hillsides rising above the beach, where they thrives in the hot sun, salty breeze and sandy soil, a terroir that contributes to a subtle, smooth flavor without any bitterness. The cinnamon tree leaves are gathered by hand and sun-dried to order throughout the year to guarantee the freshest and most intense flavor.
- cinnamon tree leaves
- bay leaves
Leaves are wonder. The flavor they add is subtle. I’ve gone from not knowing these leaves even existed, to being dependent on them from morning oatmeal to dinner stews.
Great for soups!
The whole family agreed that cinnamon leaves made our soup a little sweeter. All of us loved it. Can’t wait to try it in rice and black beans.
Mild cinnamon flavor
I use this for an herbal tea. It's milder than I thought it would be but enjoy having it in my flavor arsenal.
Cinnamon tree leaves has a fantastic hint!!love it!!I added to my chicken tagine and it tasted really good.
Cinnamon Tree Leaves
I make lots of Indian Milk Tea (Chai). I like to include cinnamon in the recipe but don’t like the cinnamon flavor to be overpowering. The Cinnamon Tree Leaves are the perfect solution.