By Nature



A natural, sustainable growth cycle

Cassia cinnamon – one of the two main cinnamon families – is derived from the bark of the Cassia tree (Cinnamomum aromaticum). This evergreen grows in the shade of taller trees, in the wild rain forests of Indonesia (Sumatra) and Vietnam. Its growth process is entirely natural.

The harvesting of Cassia revolves around a circular, sustainable growth cycle. At the age of 8 to 10 years, a tree is harvested. The bark is peeled off, while the remaining parts find domestic uses among local farmers. The peeled bark is scraped and dried in the sun, yielding the familiar and delicious (Cassia) cinnamon sticks. Each harvested tree, meanwhile, is replaced by a sapling, which is ready for harvesting 8 to 10 years later.

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Securing circular production for the future

In order to secure this sustainable cycle for future generations, Royal Polak Spices has a specialized staff member working in Indonesia, the world’s largest cinnamon producing country. This local presence enables us to further improve the livelihoods of farmers, to nurse the rain forest, and to run local educational programmes. These cover vital topics, such as sustainability, food safety and quality. This is one of the hands-on ways in which we share our respect and responsibility for spices and their habitat with farmers, collectors and exporters

We care by nature.