Cinnamon and Cassia: The Genus Cinnamomum, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cinnamon and Cassia

The Genus Cinnamomum, 1st Edition

Edited by P. N. Ravindran, K Nirmal-Babu, M Shylaja

CRC Press

384 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


P.N. Ravindran and K. Nirmal Babu

Botany and Crop Improvement of Cinnamon and Cassia

P.N. Ravindran, M. Shylaja, K. Nirmal Babu and B. Krishnamoorthy

Chemistry of Cinnamon and Cassia

U.M. Senanayake and R.O.B. Wijesekera

Cultivation and Management of Cinnamon

J. Ranatunga, U.M. Senanayake and R.O.B. Wijesekera

Harvesting, Processing, Products and Quality Assessment of Cinnamon

K.R. Dayananda, U.M. Senanayake and R.O.B. Wijesekera

Chinese Cassia

Nguyen Kim Dao

Indonesian Cassia (Indonesian Cinnamon)

M. Hasanah, Y. Nuryani, A. Djisbar, E. Mulyono, E. Wikardi and A. Asman

Indian Cassia

Akhil Baruah and Subhash C. Nath

Camphor Tree Cinnamomum camphora

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

Pests and Diseases of Cinnamon and Cassia

M. Anandaraj and S. Devasahayam

Pharmacology and Toxicology of Cinnamon and Cassia

K.K. Vijayan and R.V. Ajithan Thampuran

Economics and Marketing of Cinnamon and Cassia-A Global View

M.S. Madan and S. Kannan

End Uses of Cinnamon

B. Krishnamoorthy and J. Rema

Cinnamon and Cassia, the Future Vision

U.M. Senanayake and R.O.B. Wijesekera

Other Useful Species of Cinnamomum

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany