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May 26, 2010 10:26 AM

Where to buy Ceylon cinnamon?

My health nut father insists on Ceylon cinnamon (aka cinnamomum verum, or cinnamomum. zeylanicum), which he consumes daily. He says most cinnamon is a different plant. Where can I get this "real" cinnamon, preferably near Berkeley?

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  1. Lhasa Karnak, any well-stocked Indian grocery (Milan has the biggest selection of spices), probably Zand, probably the Berkeley Bowl.

    Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
    1938 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

    Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
    2482 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    Milan International
    990 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Even then you have to make sure it's Ceylon cinnamon, and not the cheaper Saigon cinnamon or the much cheaper cassia. If it's not labeled Ceylon cinnamon then it's probably not, and I wouldn't trust anything in a bulk bin.

    2. Locally I would go to Lhasa Karnak. If you want to understand the different types that are sold check out Penzey's website for a description of the different barks ground and sold as "cinnamon" since not all that are sold as such are true cinnamons. Freshness is the key to any spice so I'd go with LK here or Penzey's mail order.

      1. From the Lhasa Karnak catalog. They also have the cassia.
        Cinnamon, Ceylonese P. Cinnamomum verum
        (C. zeylanicum) OG
        1 oz. - $1.00
        4 oz. - $4.00
        Cinnamon, Ceylonese Sticks 3 in. Cinnamomum verum
        (C. zeylanicum) OG
        1 oz. - $2.00
        4 oz. - $8.00

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          1. Dear kzukor,

            If you are interested in buying "Real Ceylon Cinnamon" online, please check out my seller page on Etsy


            P.S :- I am a "Ceylon Cinnamon" exporter from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon )