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Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) is an evergreen tree.[1] It is native to southern China.[1]

The tree is also known as the Chinese cassia or Chinese cinnamon, cinnamon bark or may be referred to as Cinnamomum cassia.[1]

The bark of the tree is used as a spice. The seeds (unripe) can also be used as a spice, which occurs frequently in India.[1] The seeds may sometimes be known as Chinese cassia buds. Dried leaves can also be used.

Cassia is considered a less expensive version of cinnamon but doesn't have the same potency as cinnamon in terms of flavour.


The cassia tree grows to around 10 to 15 metres tall.[1] The tree has elgonated leaves with a reddish colour when young.[1]

The bark forms hard and has a grey colour.[1]

Growing the cassia tree[edit]

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Uses for cassia[edit]

Cassia bark is used for culinary purposes, usually ground into a powder. Use in the same manner as for cinnamon, remembering that it won't taste as strongly as cinnamon.

The seeds can be added to drinks and confectionery.

For non-culinary purposes, the seeds, bark and leaves can be used as part of potpourris or other fragrant household crafts.

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