Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of an evergreen tree that is harvested during the rainy season when the bark is most flexible and easiest to work with. A wild cinnamon tree can grow to 65 feet high, but trees used for harvesting are pruned down at about 2 years of age to produce an abundance of finer bark-yielding growth. Once the tree reaches 3 years of age it's harvested twice yearly following each rainy season.
At harvest time the shoots are cut and the leaves and twigs are removed with the rough outer bark. The shoots are then beaten to soften the tissues of the inner bark and make it easier to peel away in a complete strip. Once peeled, the bark is placed in overlapping, extended layers then rolled to form long canes or quills that are sun-dried. As the quills dry, the bark curls and becomes paper-like. These long canes are later cut into cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon trees can yield productive bark for about 45 years, after which they are replaced with a new seedling.
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