Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zelanicum)
Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka and is a bark from a tree in the laurel family. The pale dried bark is rolled together to form quills of cinnamon.
The flavour of cinnamon has a delicate though strong sweet and woody flavour. There are hints of clove and citrus.
Cinnamon has sweet, spicy and woody aroma.
Chocolate, apple, banana and pear. Also compliments Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Indian cuisines.
The tree can grow up to 10 metres tall so this should be considered when thinking about planting. The try likes a warm and sheltered position. It is best grown in tropical or sub-tropical areas.
Before the 1800’s a monopoly was held for Sri Lanka’s cinnamon by the Portugese, later the Dutch and then the English. Sea traders and explorers went on adventures to try and find the origin of the spice as it was highly valued.
Cinnamon is one of the worlds oldest healers. Research has shown that cinnamon has properties that fights bacteria. Some even say that having cinnamon is the best thing to fight a flu. Recent research has shown that cinnamon can help lower blood pressure.
It has been found that cinnamon is good to stop nosebleeds.
Facts About Cinnamon
The lighter the colour of ground cinnamon the higher to quality. Cinnamon bought in the powdered form does lose the intensity of its flavour quite quickly. If you buy quills and store them in an airtight container they can store for 2-3 years.
It is said that cinnamon is good to help poor circulation to feet and hands,
Does Cinnamon go off?
If sealed cinnamon does not go off as such but the powdered form does lose its flavour quite quickly. Quill’s of cinnamon can generally hold their flavour for 2-3 years if stored in an airtight container.
Does cinnamon help with weight loss?
It has been said that some properties can help your insulin levels and metabolism. While cinnamon may contribute to an increase in metabolism it should not be replied on. Cinnamon does have a variety of other benefits and consuming cinnamon at reasonable levels will do you no harm to you may as well try it.
Is cinnamon good for my dog?
There are a number of benefits cinnamon can have for humans and it is believed that dogs will also benefit from cinnamon. For senior and overweight dogs a small amount of cinnamon can be added to their food to improve blood glucose levels.