Okinawa’s Cinnamon Tea=Karagi Tea
About Okinawa’s Cinnamon Tea=Karagi Tea
I just found out that the herbal tea called “Karagi Tea” from Kunigami Village in the Yanbaru region is almost the same thing as “Cinnamon Tea”. “Karagi Tea” tastes a bit stronger, though!
Cinnamon and nikki (Japanese cinnamon) are both spices harvested from trees of the genus Cinnamomum.
Cinnamon is obtained from the dried bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree that is native to Sri Lanka. They take 2 years to grow.
On the other hand, Nikki is obtained from the roots of the Nikkei (Japanese cinnamon) tree. While it has the sweet aroma of cinnamon, it also has a strong spicy taste.
As it takes 15 years to grow and the roots need to be harvested by hand, the production is very labor-intensive. Thus, most people now use the leaves for tea instead of using the roots.
As such, the differences between cinnamon and Nikki are “bark or root” and “origins”.
However, the production volume of Okinawan Nikkei is very low, and its rare nature means it is difficult to find saplings on the market, but I will try my best to get some for Speedy Farm from my acquaintance in Kunigami Village.