Cinnamon belongs to the Lauraceae botanical family. It originates from Sri Lanka. It is very widespread today in India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, the West Indies, French Guiana, Brazil...
It is the bark of a tree. Much of the production is destined for the manufacture of gasoline.
Not to be confused with Chinese cinnamon, "Laurus cassia" or "Cinnamomum cassia" or
"Cinnamomum obtusifolium", also known as cassia, produced by a tree from the same family.
They are found in China, Laos, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. The sticks of this variety are often derived from the bark of tree trunks and are thicker. Their cinnamine content is lower. This cinnamon is less aromatic and more bitter.