Sunday, January 22, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS #178

Cinnamon
Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Laurel Family - Lauraceae


This is true cinnamon, native to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and has a mild flavor reminiscent of citrus.  


Most cinnamon sold in the United States is Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), which is native to China and the East Indies, and has a stronger, harsher taste than true cinnamon.



TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.

19 comments:

Lui said...

Oh now I know how cinnamon looks like! And I love cinnamon!

Kay said...

I didn't know cinnamon was so pretty! I don't think I've ever seen a cinnamon plant before. Thank you for showing us.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful!
I've never seen a cinnamon plant before.
Have a great Sunday.

Cezar and Léia said...

Red and so delicated!
Very interesting plant and your pictures are great! :)
hugs
Léia

Valerie said...

I'm another who hasn't seen cinnamon plants before. It looks quite pretty and delicate.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, thanks for sharing this. I did not know what cinnamon even looked like. Beautiful photos. Happy Sunday!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

gorgeous images!

i've never seen a cinnamon plant before... so thanks for posting your wonderful photos.

diane b said...

You learn something new every day when blogging. I did flowers on my post too.

Carletta said...

The light and shadows in these shots are lovely Denise as is the contrasting red and green of the plant!

Out on the prairie said...

Nice shot, very light and airy

Janie said...

Interesting. Strangely enough, I never thought about where cinnamon came from. Good to know.

imac said...

Great contrast in colour Denise.

Misty Dawn said...

Very cool! I love seeing things I've never seen before!

Sara said...

It is so interesting to see cinnamon in its natural form.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is so interesting I didn't know there was such a thing as a cinnamon plant.

Gill in Canada

The Elephant's Child said...

They are both nice, but true cinnamon is much prettier. Thanks.

Karen Harris said...

I love true cinnamon and use nothing else since discovering it at our local Savory Spice Shop. Such a pretty photo.

I'm so glad that you saw my mushy pea post as I thought of you when I posted it. We thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope you do too.

Mama Zen said...

I had no idea that's what cinnamon looks like!

Arija said...

The new leaves are as spectacularly red as on some of our Eucalyptus trees in spring.