Cinnamon is the inner bark of several species of evergreen tree of the genus Cinnamomum. Our true cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is 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. It grows on the steep hillsides rising above the beach, where it thrives in the hot sun, salty breeze and sandy soil, a terroir that contributes to a subtle, smooth flavor without any bitterness. The cinnamon is hand-cut and sun-dried to order throughout the year to guarantee the freshest and most intense flavor. Burlap and Barrel is the exclusive importer of Zanzibar cinnamon into the United States.
Our current lot of cinnamon was harvested in November and December 2016.
Our Zanzibar true cinnamon is bright and sweet, with notes of pine, citrus peel and sea salt. Our cinnamon chips and sticks are cut from older trees, and have rich, oaky molasses undertones and forward spice, perfect for using whole or grinding into powder. Our cinnamon shavings are harvested from young trees, and have an evergreen brightness and woodsy complexity unlike any other cinnamon we’ve ever tasted. They’re perfect for infusing in teas, cooking with rice dishes and garnishing cocktails and desserts.
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 verum chips are organic.