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where to buy Ceylon (true) cinnamon in West LA?

ateawrecks Jan 29, 2012 01:18 AM

I tried searching the boards already, nothing came up. Thanks!

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    mrhooks Jan 29, 2012 02:25 AM

    Surfas in Culver City, or drive down the 405 to Penzeys Spices in Torrance.

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    1. re: mrhooks
      Mattapoisett in LA Jan 29, 2012 06:43 AM

      There is Also a Penzey's in Santa Monica on 4th street by SM Bl.

    2. katydid13 Jan 29, 2012 06:41 AM

      Penzey's in Santa Monica.

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      1. re: katydid13
        moto Jan 29, 2012 02:19 PM

        Penzey's is set up to sell any quantity that the customer wants, in ground or stick form, and it's easy to compare the three or four varieties of cinnamon they have.

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          Dirtywextraolives Jun 22, 2012 11:35 AM

          And they also do mail order. Love Penzeys.

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        linus Jan 29, 2012 11:27 AM

        wouldnt the cinnamon in any mexican grocery fit the bill? mexico imports their cinnamon from sri lanka.

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          Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2012 09:43 AM

          That's cassia, not cinnamon. Cassia is far spicier.

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            linus Jan 30, 2012 09:55 PM

            pretty sure its cinnamon, not cassia. bought some today at a vallarta supermarket.



          2. re: linus
            Mr Taster Jan 30, 2012 11:01 AM

            True cinnamon is a light beige, is soft and breaks apart like balsa wood.


            Cassia is the firm, rigid, rust colored stuff you're used to seeing. True cinnamon is lovely, and has a similar but different aroma. It might actually disappoint if you're used to the flavor and strength of cassia.


            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              will47 Jun 22, 2012 11:22 AM

              I think technically, "cinnamon" can refer to any of several plant. The Chinese cassia is larger and a bit looser; usually Indonesian or Vietnamese ones are most commonly seen.

              While some people consider ceylon cinnamon "true" cinnamon, I haven't found any reliable source which proves that definitively.

              Wikipedia lists the common types here:

              I do really love Ceylon cinnamon - don't get me wrong. I just think sometimes people are a little too smartypants about claiming that it's the only "real" cinnamon.

              1. re: will47
                Mr Taster Jun 22, 2012 11:31 AM

                >> While some people consider ceylon cinnamon "true" cinnamon, I haven't found any reliable source which proves that definitively.

                Just look at the name. "Cinnamomum verum" is Latin for "true cinnamon".

                If you want to start making ad hominem arguments about the academic or culinary credentials of the botanist who named it, I'm not going there...

                Mr Taster

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            Rocky123 Jun 21, 2012 08:03 PM

            Try Sri Lankan Delight
            19016 Ventura Boulevard Tarzana, CA 91356

            Thye carry South Asian Sweets,Spices and Specialities...

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