It is fragrant, pungent, and adds a spicy, warm flavor to baked goods. Cinnamon comes in the form of sticks or powder, and is a common staple in many homes and in gourmet baking. Here are some interesting facts about this super spice.
There are two types of cinnamon. The first, known as true cinnamon, is Ceylon cinnamon. It accounts for the majority of the world’s cinnamon and is grown in Sri Lanka and Southern India. The other, called Cassia cinnamon comes from a different type of tree than Ceylon. It comes from Indonesia, Vietnam, and China.
Regardless of the type, or from which tree it hails, cinnamon is a bark. Harvesters strip the inner bark from cinnamon trees. It curls into its familiar shape as it dries. Then, it’s distributed as is or ground down into a powder.
It swirls through buns, adorns the top of oatmeal, enhances drinks, cakes, and cookies. Cinnamon plays a big, flavorful role in countless sweet treats. However, besides sweets, cinnamon makes a great addition to savory dishes. It pairs wonderfully with squash. It also adds an interesting flavor to meat rubs and spice crusts.
Cinnamon contains many important vitamins and minerals. It’s filled with dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and potassium. It also has plenty of vitamin A and niacin. These vitamins and minerals give cinnamon a health factor like no other spice. For this reason, many consider cinnamon a super food.
These are just a few fascinations about cinnamon. This spice is not only delicious, it’s also interesting! Here at Sweet Day Gourmet, we love cinnamon. To find out more about our cinnamon-rich mixes, such as our Koulouria Cookie Mix and our Cinnamon Cupcake Mix, contact us.