Posted By: Kaabi 
Aug 8  # 1 of 18
Does it come from a leaf or plant? I've always wondered about it's origins (since about 5 minutes ago) but have never asked. :confused:
 Posted By: TexasRose 
Aug 8  # 2 of 18
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree. If you buy cinnamon sticks, you can see that a little more clearly.

More often though, it's ground to a powder, which is what we cook with.
 Posted By: GregGraves 
Aug 8  # 3 of 18
Cinnamon is mostly used ground, although I have a few recipes that use the whole cinnamon stick. Whole cinnamon is used often in asian cooking, and the one recipe I make in that cuisine is Pho soup, and it uses whole stick cinnamon for flavor. I also make a beef stew using stick cinnamon for flavor.

In both of those recipes, I remove the cinnamon before serving. It's there for taste not the eating :)
 Posted By: Mama Mangia 
Aug 8  # 4 of 18
Cinnamon comes from the dried bark of various laurel trees. Cinnamon sticks are made from long pieces of bark that are rolled, pressed, and dried. Ground cinnamon comes from drying the central part of the bark, is mostly used in baking and cooking, while stick cinnamon is mostly used for pickling or flavoring beverages. Cinnamon oil is derived from the waste products of the drying process and from the pointed black fruit the trees bear which is usually used for medicinal purposes and flavorings.
 Posted By: BagCSC 
Aug 9  # 5 of 18
Yeah, I remember the first time I saw someone grating cinnamon sticks. For those who dont know, that is what one side of your (4-sided) cheesegrater is for....the side that you never use. :D