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Cinnamon and Cassia, the Spices of Life, together constitute one of the most widely used group of spices. A comprehensive volume, Cinnamon and Cassia: Genus Cinnamomum explores in detail Srilankan cinnamon, Chinese cassia, Indonesian cassia, Indian cassia, camphor, and also the important related and useful spices of Cinnamomum.

The introductory chapter depicts the history of these spices, followed by a detailed analysis of botany and crop ...
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Cinnamon and Cassia: The Genus Cinnamomum

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Overview

Cinnamon and Cassia, the Spices of Life, together constitute one of the most widely used group of spices. A comprehensive volume, Cinnamon and Cassia: Genus Cinnamomum explores in detail Srilankan cinnamon, Chinese cassia, Indonesian cassia, Indian cassia, camphor, and also the important related and useful spices of Cinnamomum.

The introductory chapter depicts the history of these spices, followed by a detailed analysis of botany and crop improvement that examines taxonomy, morphology, embryology, reproduction, and propagation. A chapter on chemistry details the unique composition of cinnamon and cassia; it precedes an explanation of crop management, harvesting, and processing of Srilankan cinnamon.

This book points out that Vietnamese and Chinese cassia are the same, with differences only in harvesting and processing. It also includes chapters on Indian and Indonesian varieties of cassia, along with overviews of the camphor tree, and coverage of cinnamon and cassia pharmacology, toxicology, end uses, economics, and marketing. The volume concludes with an informative chapter on other economically useful species of Cinnamomum.

Written by a panel of experts from throughout Asia, this volume is the only comprehensive monograph on these spices, benefiting those engaged in study, cultivation, marketing, processing, and product development.
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface to the series
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Botany and crop improvement of cinnamon and cassia 14
3 Chemistry of cinnamon and cassia 80
4 Cultivation and management of cinnamon 121
5 Harvesting, processing, and quality assessment of cinnamon products 130
6 Chinese cassia 156
7 Indonesian cassia (Indonesian cinnamon) 185
8 Indian cassia 199
9 Camphor tree 211
10 Pests and diseases of cinnamon and cassia 239
11 Pharmacology and toxicology of cinnamon and cassia 259
12 Economics and marketing of cinnamon and cassia - a global view 285
13 End uses of cinnamon and cassia 311
14 Cinnamon and cassia - the future vision 327
15 Other useful species of Cinnamomum 330
Index 356
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