Cortex cinnamon, also known as Chinese Cassia or Chinese cinnamon, is the dried bark of the Cinnamomum cassia tree. It is a close relative of Ceylon cinnamon which is commonly used in the West. Cortex cinnamon bark is much thicker and rougher than other cinnamon varieties with a sweeter, earthier flavor. It is widely used in South and Southeast Asian cuisine as an aromatic spice for both sweet and savory dishes.
Uses: Lightly crush cinnamon and simmer with your braises and sauces. Ground cinnamon adds a rich and complex flavor that is distinctive and memorable to desserts, meat seasonings, and soup stocks such as pho.