Our Korintji AA cinnamon tastes less harsh and has more fragrance than the Indonesian cinnamon familiar to most cooks. These sticks are carefully selected from the upper branches of trees growing in southwest Sumatra. Some cinnamon is mixed with cassia. Cassia is similar, but redder and has a harsher taste and a shorter shelf life.The history of cinnamon is intertwined with the history of transportation, with battles lost and won, and with the Old Testament. For example, Exodus, Chapter 30 contains a description of how to mix a holy anointing oil, using cinnamon, cassia and myrrh. Cinnamon is used in thousands of ways. Its appeal is universal.