Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree. Cinnamon comes in ‘quills’, strips of bark rolled one in another. The pale brown to tan bar strip is generally thin, the spongy outer bark having been scraped off. There actually are two kinds of cinnamon as we know it. True (Ceylon) cinnamon comes from a tree – Cinnamomum zeylanicum – native to Sri Lanka and the south-western coast of India along the Arabian Sea.
Cinnamon is available in quills and ground.