About Cinnamon Sticks

About Cinnamon Sticks

 About Cinnamon Sticks
 

About Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon is from the cinnamomun family, derived from a common tree called the cassia. It is the dried bark most commonly found in this laurel tree. The bark may be grounded to serve as a spice for cooking and baking; or it may be chopped into little cinnamon sticks which are then rolled into a tube called a quill and then left to dry.

Cinnamon is very common in Sri Lanka, but the cassia tree where cinnamon sticks are from also grows in North and Central America (Brazil), China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Properties of Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains a sweet but strong fragrance and has a unique ability to heal and comfort many illnesses. It contains a few essential oils like cinnamyl acetate, cinnamyl alchohol and cinnamaldehyde.

Cinnamon has two different kinds of variety:



Ceylon cinnamon is more refined than its Chinese counterpart. It is also a rare expensive kind which is often quite hard to obtain; particularly in North America, where one can only find this in specialty shops and ethnic markets.

Compared to its powdered form, cinnamon sticks have a stronger flavor, often indicative of its freshness. Storing the stick form is a lot easier than the powdered form as they may just be kept inside a tightly sealed container, in a dry and cool place. The powdered form will normally last for at least six months, while cinnamon sticks will last for more than a year. Cinnamonís shelf life may be extended a lot longer if they are stored in the refrigerator or a cooler.

Cinnamons are not known to have giotrogens or purines that cause allergies.

History of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is the oldest spice known in civilization. Since the ancient times, China was already importing cinnamon from Egypt sometime in the year 2000 BC. The Bible even mentions it in one of the chapters; and the spice was used, not just for food enhancements, but for medicinal purposes, as well as an embalming agent.

The ancient people believed that the spice was a sacred item. Cinnamon was such an important commodity before, that it was even worth more than gold. In the 15th and 16th century, which was at the time of the exploration of Medieval Europeans, one of their main goals was to find this spice and bring this back home to Europe. Thus, cinnamon became one of the first few commodities regularly traded between the East and the West.

Today, cinnamon is used in the very same way our ancestors used them during their time, albeit with a little more variety.

Uses of Cinnamon


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