1st Edition

Cinnamon and Cassia The Genus Cinnamomum

Edited By P. N. Ravindran, K Nirmal-Babu, M Shylaja Copyright 2004
    384 Pages
    by CRC Press

    384 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Cinnamon and Cassia, the "Spices of Life", together constitute one of the most widely used group of spices. A comprehensive volume, Cinnamon and Cassia: Genus Cinnamomum explores in detail Srilankan cinnamon, Chinese cassia, Indonesian cassia, Indian cassia, camphor, and also the important related and useful spices of Cinnamomum.

    The introductory chapter depicts the history of these spices, followed by a detailed analysis of botany and crop improvement that examines taxonomy, morphology, embryology, reproduction, and propagation. A chapter on chemistry details the unique composition of cinnamon and cassia; it precedes an explanation of crop management, harvesting, and processing of Srilankan cinnamon.

    This book points out that Vietnamese and Chinese cassia are the same, with differences only in harvesting and processing. It also includes chapters on Indian and Indonesian varieties of cassia, along with overviews of the camphor tree, and coverage of cinnamon and cassia pharmacology, toxicology, end uses, economics, and marketing. The volume concludes with an informative chapter on other economically useful species of Cinnamomum.

    Written by a panel of experts from throughout Asia, this volume is the only comprehensive monograph on these spices, benefiting those engaged in study, cultivation, marketing, processing, and product development.

    Introduction. Botany and crop improvement of cinnamon and cassia. Chemistry of cinnamon and cassia. Cultivation and management of cinnamon. Harvesting, processing, products and quality assessment of cinnamon. Chinese cassia. Indonesian cassia (Indonesian cinnamon). Indian cassia. Camphor tree Cinnamomum camphora. Pests and diseases of cinnamon and cassia. Pharmacology and toxicology of cinnamon and cassia. Economics and marketing of cinnamon and cassia. End uses of cinnamon. Cinnamon and cassia, the future vision. Other useful species of Cinnamomum.


    P.N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, M. Shylaja