Cassia Cinnamon Sticks: 7 Facts Shared By Cinnamon Wholesalers


Cassia cinnamon sticks are the most popular variety of cinnamon on the market today, which is divided into many types such as tube cinnamon, stick cinnamon, broken cinnamon, split cinnamon, and cigarette cinnamon. With more than 25 years of experience in supplying agricultural products to over 80 countries worldwide, we have found that Cassia cinnamon sticks are among the most asked-to-buy Cassia cinnamon types. So, why are they so special?

An overview of Cassia cinnamon sticks

Cassia cinnamon sticks are made from the bark of the Cassia tree, an evergreen tree indigenous to southern China, which is widely cultivated in its motherland and other areas such as South and Southeast Asia.

Cassia cinnamon sticks’ appearance and specification

True to its name, Cassia cinnamon sticks are shaped like bars with a length of 8 – 15cm, rolled up, and often referred to as quills.


Cassia cinnamon sticks

About Cassia cinnamon stick details:

  • Moisture: 12 – 14% max
  • Oil content: 2 – 4%
  • Impurities: 0.5% max
  • Thickness: 2 – 3.5 mm
  • Size: 8 – 15 cm
  • Color: natural brown
  • Packaging: 15 – 20 kg/carton

Cassia cinnamon sticks compared to other types of cinnamon

In terms of flavor, all types of Cassia cinnamon have a warm-sweet and pungent taste, but the intensity of the flavor depends on their specifications and their quality. Normally, Cassia cinnamon sticks are more fragrant than other Cassia types due to their higher essential oil content.


Common Cassia cinnamon specifications

Among all types of Cassia cinnamon, split cinnamon and broken cinnamon are the two most distinct ones. Stick Cassia, tube Cassia, and cigarette Cassia do not differ much in the essential oil content and flavor. They all have rolls, only differing in length and thickness. Therefore, when we cut the cinnamon tubes short, we can get cinnamon sticks and cigarette cinnamon.

Cassia cinnamon sticks’ uses and nutrition

Cassia cinnamon in general has many uses in life, from cooking to decorating, making cosmetics, making medicine, etc.

  • Cooking: Cinnamon can be used to marinate grilled dishes, eliminate odors and fishy meat when cooking braised, fried, and stir-fried dishes, and at the same time enhance the flavor of baked dishes. In addition, cinnamon powder is also used to make cinnamon tea.
  • Decoration: Pretty Cassia cinnamon sticks can be used to decorate on Christmas occasions or used to decorate scented candles.
  • Making cosmetics: New studies also reveal that cinnamon has the potential to be used for producing cosmetic creams. Methylparaben, a common synthetic emulsifier, can be replaced with cinnamon in producing lotions and other day creams.
  • Pharmaceutical processing: Cinnamon is used in many classic therapies. It is used to treat diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease, protect the brain from dementia and cognitive decline, prevent cancer, etc.

Among those uses, being used as food is the most common use of Cassia cinnamon sticks. It’s well-known that Indians use a lot of spices in cooking, including cinnamon, star anise, and pepper. With the strong flavor of Cassia cinnamon, you might think it gives us a lot of energy. So, is that the case or not?


Cassia cinnamon sticks’ nutrition facts (from

The calories of cinnamon sticks are not much: 1.3g of cinnamon sticks will give us 3.2 kcal. However, in reality, cinnamon stick calories are even less or insignificant because we usually only use 1 small piece of cinnamon for cooking, which is enough to create its characteristic flavor.

7 facts about Cassia cinnamon sticks shared by cinnamon wholesalers

Here is some useful information about Cassia cinnamon sticks that you may not know.

Consuming Cassia cinnamon sticks in high doses is harmful

In fact, Cassia cinnamon sticks are completely harmless and safe to eat in small or medium doses. However, if you consume it in high doses, this can cause health problems, due to the high content of coumarin compounds in Cassia cinnamon sticks.



Cassia cinnamon contains about 5 mg of coumarin/tbsp (2g of cinnamon). The recommended daily limit of coumarin is approximately 0.1 mg/kg of total body weight, which means you can only consume up to 5 mg of coumarin/day if you weigh 60 kg. Therefore, you can’t eat more than 1.5 tbsps of Cassia cinnamon per day. Some studies have found that consuming too much coumarin causes the accumulation of toxins in the liver, thereby damaging this organ, as well as increasing the risk of certain types of cancer.
In addition, some people have experienced mouth ulcers from eating too much cinnamon. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a compound that causes allergic reactions when consumed in large doses.

Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon sticks are not the same

If you’re looking to buy cinnamon sticks, it’s important to differ Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon sticks to buy the right one.
Cassia cinnamon, also known as single cinnamon, is derived from the Cinnamomum cassia tree in Southeast Asia. Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, stems from the Cinnamomum verum tree in the Sri Lanka region and southern regions of India.


Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon sticks

Cassia cinnamon has a fairly high content of Coumarin, about 1%, while Ceylon cinnamon contains only 0.004%. However, if you use it in the right dosage and not too often, the Coumarin content will not cause too much harm to your health.
Not only appreciated for its taste, but Ceylon cinnamon also offers many health benefits. Therefore, it is expensive and is not common on the market.

Producing Cassia cinnamon sticks is simple but not easy!

There are 5 simple steps to produce Cassia cinnamon sticks. However, how to obtain high-quality cinnamon sticks that meet the standards of cinnamon is not easy. High-grade quills require thin, uniform shapes, which can only come from a single, long layer of bark. This depends on the skill of the cinnamon makers.


Producing Cassia cinnamon sticks

Below are 5 simple steps to produce Cassia cinnamon sticks:

  • Harvest and peel the bark of the cinnamon tree
  • Scrape off the rough outer layer of the fresh peel
  • Cut small pieces 8 cm to 15 cm long
  • Let it dry until the cinnamon rolls naturally
  • Packing in cartons of 10 to 15 kg according to customer requirements

To tell high-quality Cassia cinnamon sticks is not difficult

The thicker the cinnamon bark, the older the cinnamon tree is. It’s the fact that the essential oil content in thick cinnamon bark will be higher than in thin cinnamon bark. High-quality cinnamon must have a very strong aroma along with a sweet and pungent taste.

In order to evaluate the quality of Cassia cinnamon sticks, we need to see if they meet the technical requirements according to the classification. Specifically, Cassia cinnamon must fully meet the criteria of moisture, essential oil content, length, size, impurities, and coumarin content as mentioned in part 1.1. In addition to sensory perception such as seeing, holding, and smell, we also need to test the Cassia cinnamon sticks for safety and hygiene to have the most objective assessment of quality.


Cassia cinnamon’s barks

In addition, the bark of the cinnamon tree used to produce Cassia cinnamon sticks must be the bark of a healthy tree. The process of harvesting and preliminary processing of cinnamon, must also comply with the standards, carried out by skilled workers. As a retail cinnamon buyer, this information is difficult for you to access as not all companies are willing to share their production process. However, if you are a bulk importer of cinnamon, look to prestigious suppliers of cinnamon sticks in bulk, they will give you all the information you need to access Cassia cinnamon sticks’ quality.

Cassia cinnamon sticks: One of the most favorite Cassia types on the market

With its small, lovely shape and outstanding quality, the Cassia cinnamon stick is very popular in the market. As one of the best cinnamon wholesalers from Vietnam, K-Agriculture Factory regularly receives inquiries to buy Cassia cinnamon sticks from many different countries such as India, the USA, and UAE. We see that this product is also the most asked-to-buy type in the Cassia cinnamon varieties.


Cassia cinnamon for cooking

The cinnamon stick has a medium length of 8 – 15cm but contains almost the highest amount of essential oils in Cassia cinnamon (2 – 4%). Thus, when cooking, Cassia cinnamon sticks have a very strong aroma, providing outstanding flavor. Just a small piece from 2-3cm, this type of cinnamon also makes the dish become powerful and has its characteristic flavor of cinnamon. Besides, Cassia cinnamon sticks are also more popular in using for decoration, thanks to their lovely shapes.

Cassia cinnamon sticks: One of the highest-priced Cassia cinnamon

The popular use in the market also comes with a relatively high selling price. Cassia cinnamon sticks and tubes are the two most expensive types of Cassia cinnamon since their production process requires more effort and precision than that split and broken ones. Moreover, they also have higher quality standards. Therefore, the fact that Cassia cinnamon sticks are one of the highest-priced Cassia cinnamon is rather understandable.


K-Agriculture Factory’s skillful workers

The Cassia cinnamon sticks have different prices based on roll grade and oil content. In Vietnam – the best Cassia cinnamon market in terms of quality, Cassia cinnamon sticks in the Yen Bai growing area have a fairly high oil content, from 3 – 5%, while tube cinnamon can have up to 6% essential oil content. The flavor of these highly aromatic cinnamons is extremely strong and extremely spicy. The more essential oil content they have, the higher their price tag.

Don’t be confused between Chinese and Vietnam Cassia cinnamon sticks

Though Cassia cinnamon in China is cheaper than that in Vietnam, its quality is not as good as Vietnam cinnamon.

Cinnamon barks with white spots are exactly Vietnamese cinnamon. The gecko-colored, patchy, dark-colored cinnamon bark is the bark of old cinnamon. Chinese cinnamon sticks are shorter and lighter in color, more yellow than Vietnamese cinnamon sticks. Chinese Cassia cinnamon sticks only have 1.5 – 2.5% essential oils, while Vietnamese Cassia cinnamon sticks have 4 – 5% essential oils content. Low essential oil Chinese cinnamon mixed with high essential oil Vietnam cinnamon, if grounded into cinnamon powder, will reduce the overall oil concentration, leading to lower prices. The China Cassia cinnamon tastes nearly the same as the Vietnam one, warm and spicy in flavor. It is just one thing that you get from the Vietnamese one but not from the Chinese one: The sweet and spicy flavor. The Chinese Cassia is sweet, but you will need to taste a full spoon to feel the sweetness. On the other side, with just a small amount, like a pinch of sugar, you will definitely feel the sweetness of the Vietnamese one.

K-Agriculture: The best wholesaler of Cassia cinnamon sticks on the market

If you are looking for a reputable Cassia cinnamon sticks supplier, you cannot ignore K-Agriculture Factory from Vietnam. We have more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and exporting agricultural products to more than 80 countries around the world, including the most demanding market, the US.


K-Agriculture Factory Head Office

Please rest assured as K-Agriculture Factory has a full range of certificates such as FDA, HACCP, VN-STAMEQ, FFL, Organic, Global Gap, TCVN, Viet Gap, etc. In addition, we have growing areas as well as modern cinnamon factories in Yen Bai – one of the key cinnamon growing regions of Vietnam. Cinnamon supplied by K-Agriculture is diverse in classification and all have great flavor, which will meet your standards. Being a giant in trading cinnamon products internationally in Vietnam – the biggest broken cinnamon, split cinnamon and cinnamon stick exporter since 1996, K-agriculture is proud to bring buyers broken cinnamon with uniform quality standards and affordable prices.


K-Agriculture Factory’s Cassia cinnamon sticks

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    About author Camila Nguyen

    She has 13 years experience in connecting B2B customers around the world and provide best-quality agricultural products from Vietnam to them. She would love to share her knowledge about agricultural products through the blogs. You can contact her on Whatsapp via number: +84 84 4444 867 to get the free consultancy

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