Our Royal Cinnamon has the intense sweetness and spiciness that Vietnamese cinnamon is prized for. Historically called Saigon cinnamon, this heirloom variety rarely reaches the US.
Royal Cinnamon is the species Cinnamomum loureiroi. It was historically called Saigon cinnamon, but most of what's exported as Saigon cinnamon these days is Cinnamomum cassia. They are different species, but they are often confused for one another, and it's worth noting that neither cinnamon grows anywhere near Saigon!
Use it in place of Saigon or other cinnamons in pastries and baked goods, or sprinkle into rich, savory meat or tomato-based dishes.
If you're looking for cinnamon that's less sweet and spicy and more citrusy and complex, check out our Cinnamon Verum.
What They're Saying:
"An out-of-this-world cinnamon and yes, you can taste the difference." -The Daily Beast
"Compared to any other ground cinnamon, this is powerful stuff." -Bon Appetit
"My favorite cinnamon is the Vietnam-sourced Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel." -Ben Mims, LA Times
"It is so robust and so complex, I cannot go back to any other." -Smitten Kitchen
- Origin: Quang Nam Mountains, Vietnam
- Aliases: Saigon cinnamon, cassia cinnamon
- Process: Sun-dried
Ingredients: Royal cinnamon, ground (Cinnamomum loureiroi)
- Tasting notes: Brown Butter • Buckwheat Honey • Orange Peel
- Beautiful in baked goods, spice cookies and desserts
- Sprinkle over yogurt and oatmeal, and add to smoothies
- Carrot Layer Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Mousse
- Brown Butter-Cinnamon Crumb Cake
- Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cookies
- Easy Cinnamon Rolls
- Chai Spice Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pairs well with: New Harvest Turmeric, Star Anise, Cloud Forest Cardamom
Our Royal Cinnamon comes from the mountains of Quang Nam in central Vietnam. This area was historically famous for spicy, sweet cinnamon, but in the last decade, the commodity market has shifted further north, where the prices are lower. Everyone told us that this area wasn't worth visiting and that their heirloom cinnamon variety wasn't being harvested anymore. We were very happy to discover that's not the case - the cinnamon here IS being harvested, and is incredible, probably the most intense we've ever tasted.
They use a technique for harvesting cinnamon that we've never encountered before - instead of chopping down the tree to harvest the bark, they make a deep cut around the base of the tree and let the bark dry on the tree for a couple of weeks before harvesting it. That makes it easier to harvest, but it also concentrates essential oils rather than letting them evaporate as the bark dries in the hot sun. The bark comes off the tree mostly dry and very intensely spicy and sweet, with a beautiful fragrance that we could smell from half a mile away.
One of the Best Cinnamons Ever
Burlap & Barrel's Royal Cinnamon is one of the best cinnamons I've had in my entire life. It's sweet, spicy, and incredible. It's perfect for baking, sprinkling on your morning oatmeal, or dusting on top of a latte. I've been using it for a lot of my autumn baking, and I'm really looking forward to using it in my Thanksgiving and Christmas bakes!
My daily oatmeal gets 5 stars now!
In these cooler months I make oatmeal every morning. I just have to say, your Royal Cinnamon makes the day! So fresh, so clean, so cinnamon-y. Thank you for your good work in sourcing such beautiful and delicious spices and herbs. An ordinary bowl of oatmeal becomes a masterpiece with your help.
I have ordered my second jar of this Cinnamon. The flavor is so Wonderful without feeling like it is too much. I make Monkey Bread and both the dough and the icing get a hefty amount of Cinnamon. I accidentally poured in too much Cinnamon the last time for the dough rolling phase and it turned out even more flavorful. A happy accident. The smell in the house is wonderful while baking. Everyone loves this cinnamon.