Treat of the Week: Fresh Cinnamon

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It’s astonishing how different fresh cinnamon tastes compared to the woody supermarket spice-pot variety. And how difficult, historically, it has been to find. But since the arrival of Cinnamon Hill, that’s no longer a problem. This small, family-run company produces individually wrapped fresh, intensely fragrant sticks of  Sri Lankan and Vietnamese cinnamon sourced directly from local farmers at harvest time (harvests occur in late Spring in Vietnam; twice every 18 months in different cycles across Sri Lanka), and then delivers them all over the world  by post.

Cinnamon Hill’s output is not confined to these gorgeously spicy quills; they’ve also invented a cinnamon grater which allows you to grate a fine dusting of fresh cinnamon  over porridge, crumbles, coffee etc without splintering the stick, cinnamon in capsule form, and concocted a cinnamon mosquito spray which helps prevents bites as well as leaving you smelling of fresh spice rather than chemicals.

A box of five Cinnamon Hill  sticks of fresh cinnamon costs Ceylon £12 / Saigon £10; graters range from £21 for a Starter Set to £59 for a Cinnamon Lovers Grater Pack; a pouch of 60 organic Ceylon cinnamon capsules costs £16. For further details visit