Friday, June 29, 2012

Cinnamon Under Microscope

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of nearly a dozen trees found in the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes. Originally native of the island of Sri Lanka, cinnamon trees can now be found as well in South East Asia.

Cinnamon image courtesy of Luc Viatour.

Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for two years then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots.

Cinnamon stick captured at 10x magnification under the EMZ5TR-PBH stereo microscope using the MW5.1 CCD microscope camera.

25x Magnification.

45x Magnification.