Which Brand Of Ceylon Cinnamon Is The Best

What is Cinnamon?

Spices and herbs play a vital role in Sri Lankan and South Asian cuisine in domestic and industrial kitchens. Cinnamon is a delicious and prevalent cooking spice used as a flavor(flavour), colouring, and natural preservative agent among many spices and herbs. The woody and aromatic cinnamon spice is created from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree that gives a festive feeling and is used in many cuisines, drinks, and baked goods for flavor( flavour) and aroma.

Cinnamon (powder) has been a part of medical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and perfumery for centuries. The use of cinnamon as a spice was widespread in ancient Egypt and is also mentioned in the Old Testament.

Today cinnamon has found its way into many kitchens worldwide. The branches of cinnamon are peeled, and the strips of the inner bark are dried and curled into rolls. Cinnamon found in grocery stores and our kitchens comes as cinnamon bark, sticks or quills. The cinnamon bark can be ground into cinnamon powder or made into an extract. The essential oils are made by bashing the bark off twigs from cinnamon bushes. Cinnamon oil can be obtained both from cinnamon leaves and the bark. There are many cinnamon products, cinnamon brands and cinnamon supplements.

Are there different types of cinnamon?

Many cinnamon lovers are unaware that there are different types of cinnamon, even though cinnamon is a widely used spice. Not all cinnamon has the same properties or health benefits or is created equal. Both Ceylon and cassia cinnamon are healthy, but cassia contains toxic properties that can be harmful if you overeat. It is shown that Cassia cinnamon relatively has a high amount of coumarin content which can sometimes cause adverse effects. Ceylon cinnamon is much lower in coumarin. Knowing the different cinnamon types, you can choose from will benefit health and change the flavor (flavour) game. There are four types of cinnamon spice commonly found in the market. They are

Ceylon cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon

Saigon cinnamon

Korintje Cinnamon

Saigon cinnamon is famous as Vietnamese cassia. Korintje Cinnamon is also renowned as Indonesian cassia (or Indonesian cinnamon). These two types also fall under the cassia varieties, so it is easy to stick to the two main varieties of cinnamon. That is the Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon.

What is Ceylon cinnamon

While Sri Lanka is world-famous for its export of Ceylon tea today, historically, the most important has been cinnamon. The link between cinnamon and Sri Lanka is so strong that the botanical name of the spice - Cinnamomum zeylanicum - is derived from the island's former name, Ceylon. Ceylon cinnamon, or true cinnamon, is native to Sri Lanka and can be found in some parts of Southeast Asia. Sri Lanka's tropical weather and abundant rain provide an ideal habitat for cinnamon plantations.

There is written historical evidence in the island that the trade of spices with Arabs and Egypt. Some materials show that there had been confusion about real cinnamon and cassia in Egypt. True cinnamon was highly valued amongst the ancient countries and was chosen as a present for monarchs.

The true Ceylon cinnamon attracted Arabic traders, merchants, and to some extent, explorers like Vasco da Gama. In the early days, cinnamon was found in the wild and grown without human intervention. But after the Dutch East India Company conquered the coastal provinces, small commercial groves were planted in the late 18th Century. Sri Lanka still produces around 80–90% of the world's supply of Ceylon cinnamon and world ground cinnamon.

Ceylon Cinnamon is made from the Cinnamomum verum tree. Ceylon cinnamon is tan-brown and contains many soft layers with tight sticks. These features provide a highly desirable quality, texture and aroma. About 50–63% of Ceylon cinnamon's essential oil is cinnamaldehyde, which is a little lower than cassia. This explains its subtle flavor( flavour) and aroma.

The best Ceylon cinnamon is a higher quality spice that has long been pretty expensive than the cassia variety . There are many brands of ground Ceylon cinnamon on the market. It is always better to check if it is a product of Sri Lanka or if it is certified organic. Whether organic ground Ceylon cinnamon or just standard ground Ceylon cinnamon, they could be the best Ceylon cinnamon if the country of origin is Sri Lanka.

The sweet flavor (flavour) and most prized variety of Ceylon cinnamon grow in the coastal belt of the Negombo district, just north of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The immediate surroundings of Colombo itself have once comprised large Ceylon cinnamon plantations - And even today, the prime residential area in Colombo is called "Cinnamon Gardens". The name also knows some hotels and restaurants of the famous Ceylon cinnamon as "Cinnamon Grand", "Cinnamonlake".

Cinnamon was used in Sri Lankan traditional medicine and Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years. Historically, cinnamon drops were considered a tonic, a sedative in childbirth, and a remedy for some common disorders. Cinnamon served as a breath sweetener and was proven beneficial for teeth in the past.

Ceylon cinnamon is mainly used in the food and beverage industry. It is also used as a tobacco flavor (flavour), soap making and incense.

Medicinal Uses and health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon has all of the health-promoting properties of cinnamon with none of the toxic properties, which is why it is said that the Ceylon cinnamon is the healthiest type of cinnamon. Unlike the Cassia cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon contains less of the compound called coumarin. However, both cinnamon types benefit blood sugar control and work as an essential diabetes treatment. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, and it also has anti-inflammatory effects on human health. Cinnamon has also been helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases and arthritis. 

There is much Medical research published by the  National Institutes of Health (NIH)  regarding cinnamon and health. It could be argued that Ceylon cinnamon is the healthiest type for type 2 diabetes as there's not much human research done on type 1 diabetes. But about 16 studies on diabetes treatment found promising results for ground cinnamon used as a supplement. There are also many cinnamon products and Ceylon cinnamon supplements on the market. We cannot take any liability or responsibility for any adverse effects of using any cinnamon supplement. Large doses of any supplement can be harmful. Always seek professional advice before using any plant medicinally. 

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Cassia Cinnamon/ Chinese cassia

Cassia Cinnamon is familiar with Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia is made from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, also known as Cinnamomum aromaticum. Cassia is native to Southern China and is also known as Chinese cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon appears dark brown brown-red and has a more rough bark-like texture and thicker sticks than Ceylon cinnamon.

Cassia is cheaper to produce and is considered inferior or the lower-quality cinnamon and is more inexpensive than Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine. Around 95% of cassia oil is cinnamaldehyde, which gives a spicy and stronger flavor profile.

Indians and Asians use cassia instead of true cinnamon in their cooking, as it has an intense flavor (flavour).

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In Conclusion

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In
Conclusion

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It is known as Ceylon cinnamon as the real cinnamon. However, in general, cinnamon appears to have anti-diabetic and blood sugar-lowering effects. Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to humankind for its delicate scent and warm, pleasant taste. Cinnamon is more famous as a key ingredient in apple pies, cakes and doughnuts, pastries and biscuits. It is excellent in smoothies and drinks. Ceylon tea now has its cinnamon variety with a hint of Ceylon best cinnamon. It is for you to discover this festive flavour of Ceylon cinnamon in your dishes at home.

 Recipe Ideas Showcasing Ceylon Cinnamon

ceylon cinnamon sticks with potato curry
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Ceylon mango curry
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Ceylon Cinnamon-Centric Dessert ideas

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Cinnamon scrolls
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Apple and pear desserts such as baked apples and pears
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Apple crumble and Apple pie
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