“Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice!”
This spice that comes from the branches of wild trees native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia is used to flavor a large amount of ranging from baked goods and sweet treats all the way to savory dishes.
There are actually two main types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon cinnamon… often considered to be “true cinnamon”.
- Cassia cinnamon, which originates from southern China.
Due to the fact that Ceylon cinnamon is very expensive, most foods in the USA and Western Europe, use the cheaper Cassia cinnamon .
- Seasoning a high carbohydrate food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels.
- The essential oils in cinnamon have been shown to have anti-microbial and anti-clotting effects.
- Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon was shown to enhance cognitive processing.
Best Ways to Use
- Cinnamon goes well in baked goods, hot cereals, and other sweet dishes.
- Simmer cinnamon sticks with soymilk and honey for a deliciously warming beverage.
- Adding ground cinnamon to black beans to be used in burritos or nachos will give them a uniquely delicious taste.
- Add ground cinnamon when preparing curries.