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CASSIA
A spice made from the bark of the Cinnamomum aromaticum tree. Cassia bark (both powdered and in whole, or "stick" form) is used as a flavouring agent for confectionery, desserts, pastries, and meat; it is specified in many curry recipes, where Ceylon cinnamon is less suitable. Cassia is sometimes added to Ceylon cinnamon, but is a much thicker, coarser product. Cassia is sold as pieces of bark (as pictured below) or as neat quills or sticks. Indonesian Cassia sticks can be distinguished from Ceylon cinnamon sticks in the following manner: Ceylon cinnamon sticks have many thin layers and can easily be made into powder using a coffee or spice grinder, whereas cassia sticks are extremely hard and are usually made up of one thick layer.
 
Specifications
 
CHARACTERISTICS STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS
Color Dark Yellow-Light Brown
Live Insect Nil
Foreign Matter Max 1%
Moisture Content Max 13.5%
Volatile Oil Min 1.5%
Yeast & Mould 5% by Weight / Max 500 CFU/G
E. Coli Max 3.0 MPN/g
Coliform Count Max 100 CFU/G
Salmonella Negative
Total Plate Count Max 100,000 CFU/G
Packing Net In Carton/PP bags
 
 
  Processing
 
Cassia bark comes to the factory in raw form. Upon drying they curl inwards from outer edge into round sticks. Usually it is single curled because of its thickness. Thin barks can curl from both edges making it double curled sticks. The length of the sticks may be upto 1m and thickness of bark is between 1-4mm. Sticks are sorted manually in different grades depending on its thickness, colour and quality. Curled sticks are cut into required lengths from 6cm to 60cm. Other sticks are used as broken chips or grinded into powder.
 
Grades
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Cassia Vera A and AA cut sticks , 6cm – 60cm
Cassia A Long sticks
Cassia Broken – KABC
Cassia Broken – KBBC
Cassia Kibbled, 3-8mm
Cassia TBC (Tea Bag Cut)
Cassia Granules below 1mm
Ground Cassia (Variable Mesh Size & Oil content)
 

Cassia Vera A & AA – A is single curled thick sticks and AA is double curled thin sticks which are more expensive than A sticks.


Cassia Broken KABC & KBBC – These are sold on oil content basis.


– KABC can have oil content of 2-3.5%. It is much cleaner yellowish bark.


– KBBC has oil content between 1-2%. The color is reddish yellow and outer bark is dark color. Any of the grades can be grinded into powder but usually KABC or KBBC is preferred for grinding due to its flavour, oil content and price. Thick sticks are used for cassia oil extraction, which is used for medicinal, herbal and perfumery purpose.

 
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Features
 
 
     Packing
 
 
Cut Sticks are packed in 1kg plastic packets, put into 20kg or 25kg strong cartons.
 
Long A Sticks are packed in 50kg net PP bales.
 
Broken Cassia chips are packed in 50kg net PP bags.
 
Ground Cassia is packed in 25kg net Kraft paper bags with inner polythene.
 
 
 
 
     Loading Capacity
 
Cassia vera cut sticks –
 
1 x 20’fcl – 10 – 11mt
 
1 x 40’fcl – 24 – 25mt
Cassia a sticks –
 
1 x 20’fcl – 8 – 9mt
 
1 x 40’fcl – 18 – 19mt
Cassia broken –
 
1 x 20’fcl – 14 – 15mt
 
1 x 40’fcl – 26 – 27mt
Cassia powder –
 
1 x 20’fcl – 15 – 16mt
 
1 x 40’fcl – 26 – 27mt
 
 
 
 
    Storage & Shelf Life
 
Recommended storage temperature is between 15-19ºC and relative humidity is between 50%-60%. Cassia attracts insects due to its sweetness hence it is required to fumigate this spice regularly and store in clean dry place.
 
 
 
 
 
     Health Benefits
 
The oil of the cassia cinnamon tree is most commonly used in alternative therapies, lotions and ointments.    

Fights Infection – 

Cassia oil is used for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Anti-inflammatory – 
The terpenes in cassia oil also offer antirheumatic and anti-inflammatory benefits. Cassia strengthens the circulatory system and increases blood flow to the joints and other affected areas, according to “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.”
Gastrointestinal Problems –

Cassia oil offers a variety of benefits for the gastrointestinal tract and digestive processes. It has anti-diarrheal properties that controls the bowels, but its anti-microbial components kill the bacteria that is responsible for it, according to Organic Facts.

Diabetes –

Cassia has been used to treat both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Cassia cinnamon may lower blood glucose levels

Enhances Brain Function – 

Cassia oil works as a stimulant in the brain. It helps to regulate metabolism, improve circulation and strengthen the nervous system.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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